Dr. Larry Scherwitz shares if lifestyle changes affect heart disease risk.
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Yes, lifestyle has a profound effect not only on heart disease but other risk diseases such as cancer and arthritis. Particularly with diet, exercise, stress management and social support, all can affect the risk and whatever is that greatest risk is the best thing to make the change. So if you have lots of stress, that’s the thing to focus on, if you have a poor diet, ameliorate that, if you are not exercising, pick up on that. Other things like smoking, lack of sleep, gaining weight are all factors that can increase the risk of heart disease.