Many people could live to the age of 100 by following seven simple steps, according to a leading heart doctor.
Dr Clyde Yancy, a Canadian cardiologist says changes to lifestyle such as keeping a healthy weight, not smoking and controlling your cholesterol levels are an easy way to add an extra decade or more to your life span.
He said 90 per cent of people could live to the age of 90 and even reach 100 by following his advice. The other steps are regulating blood pressure, managing diabetes, eating a healthy diet and getting active.
These steps would also save billions of pounds for the NHS by reducing Britain’s biggest killer, heart disease, and the rising levels of type 2 diabetes associated with obesity.
‘Achieving these seven simple lifestyle factors gives people a 90 per cent chance of living to the age of 90 or 100, free of not only heart disease and stroke but from a number of other chronic illnesses including cancer’, he will tell experts from around the world at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress on Sunday.
‘By following these steps, we can compress life-threatening disease into the final stages of life and maintain quality of life for the longest possible time.’
Dr Yancy is a professor of medicine and chief cardiologist at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
He is urging governments to reverse the tide of lifestyle diseases by initiatives such as forcing food manufacturers to cut salt levels, and introducing smoking bans and health education in schools.
‘We need to act now,’ he said.
He said less than 1 in 10 Americans follow the seven steps.
The number is thought to be slightly higher in Britain as our obesity levels are lower but still the highest in Europe with two-thirds of adults now overweight and a quarter are clinically obese.
There are nearly 2.7m people living with heart disease in the UK and it kills one in five men and one in seven women – equivalent to 250 deaths every day.