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99 Easy Habits to Help You Live to 100

Reader's Digest Logo By Denise Mann, MS of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 99: Knowing your family's health history can help you get a head start on many diseases that can shorten your life; be sure to check on a history of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer. 'Ask questions, talk at family gatherings, and look at death certificates and family medical records, if possible,' advises the Genetic Alliance. You can't change your genes (yet), but if you know you are at a higher risk for heart disease, for example, there are many things you can do to lower that risk, such as exercising, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a normal weight.

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Knowing your family's health history can help you get a head start on many diseases that can shorten your life; be sure to check on a history of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, or cancer. 'Ask questions, talk at family gatherings, and look at death certificates and family medical records, if possible,' advises the Genetic Alliance. You can't change your genes (yet), but if you know you are at a higher risk for heart disease, for example, there are many things you can do to lower that risk, such as exercising, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a normal weight.
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