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How can a heart-healthy lifestyle lower my overall risk for disease?

A heart-healthy lifestyle can certainly decrease your overall risk for disease -- not only heart disease and strokes, but also obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, sleep apnea, fatty liver disease and even certain cancers. Further, maintaining a healthy weight can help lower your risk for musculoskeletal problems such as back, joint and muscle pain.

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