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Read more article Food and drink have been on the rise since the 1990s, but the average adult spends nearly a third of his or her life in a home without a fridge.
That’s why, according to a survey conducted by the British Heart Foundation, an organisation that campaigns for heart health, people are living longer by eating fewer calories.
There’s also a growing body of evidence showing that the diet and exercise habits that help you lose weight can help you also lose fat, which can help protect against coronary heart disease.
“If you have a healthy diet, your heart is a lot less likely to break down,” says Dr Anne-Marie Macdonald, a cardiologist at the University of Bristol.
“But we also know that it’s also more likely to have a better quality of life.”
For many of us, our health is intimately linked to how well we manage our stress levels and how well our sleep, appetite and stress levels are controlled.
That is why stress management is so important.
In the past, many doctors were concerned that poor sleep patterns and poor eating habits were a cause of heart disease and diabetes, and suggested that eating healthier could help.
But the new research by Dr Macdonald and colleagues suggests that we may be onto something.
In a new study, the researchers studied a group of obese people in the UK.
The participants were asked to do three different things: eat a healthy and balanced diet, get exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
They also underwent stress management training to help them understand how their bodies cope with stress and manage it in the most effective way.
They found that those who were physically fit, had a healthy sleep pattern and had good sleep habits were much less likely than their obese peers to develop coronary artery disease, stroke and other conditions linked to heart disease in the future.
“We found that if you were overweight or obese, your risk of developing coronary artery diseases increased by 30 per cent,” Dr Macdonas says.
“You also had a greater likelihood of having heart attacks, having a stroke and being diagnosed with coronary heart failure.”
The researchers suggest that these changes in behaviour and behaviour in the home may help protect the heart, which is also the body that processes nutrients, such as sugar and salt, that are in food.
This, they say, is important because these are the things that make our bodies metabolise food and help us to grow and maintain fat.
And while the results from the study are clear, Dr MacDonald and her colleagues say they’re not ready to make any sweeping conclusions about the benefits of a healthy eating pattern.
For now, she says, there’s more work to do.
“It’s important that we’re not just looking at how many calories we consume, we’re also looking at what foods we eat,” she says.
She adds: “It may seem obvious, but you can’t eat a lot of fruit and vegetables and be completely healthy and have a lot in your body, because you’re going to have excess calories.”
If you or anyone you know needs help or advice with weight, talk to a HealthLine counsellor.
For more information, visit: www.healthline.org.au/health/bodyweight-stress-and-stressmanagement-resources/