“What you do and how you live is going to have a larger impact on whether you are in ideal cardiovascular health than your genes or how you were raised”
Dr Norrina Allen, preventive medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, 2010.
“This means it is very important to adopt a healthy lifestyle at a younger age, because it will impact you later on. From a public health point of view, this shows we should put more emphasis on promoting a healthy lifestyle in young adulthood. We need to educate and encourage younger people to do this now, so they’ll benefit when they get older”
Professor Kiang Liu, Feinberg School of Medicine, 2010.
“The problem is few adults can maintain ideal cardiovascular health factors as they age. Many middle-aged adults develop unhealthy diets, gain weight, and aren’t as physically active. Such lifestyles, of course, lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes and elevated cardiovascular risk. In this study, even people with a family history of heart problems were able to have a low cardiovascular disease risk profile if they started living a healthy lifestyle when they were young. This supports the notion that lifestyle may play a more prominent role than genetics…”
Professor Kiang Liu, PhD, associate chair for research in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, February 2014.