The great news is that up to 80% of heart diseases and strokes that happen before the age of 70 years can be prevented by simply living a healthy lifestyle and treating conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes. A healthy lifestyle involves eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, not smoking, managing day-to-day stress, if drinking alcohol then doing so in moderation, and maintaining a healthy weight.
In reality, the lifestyles of most South Africans are steadily becoming unhealthier
Everyone can benefit from making some lifestyle changes, and even small changes can make a powerful difference to lower the risk of heart diseases and strokes. Learn more about what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and what you can do to lower your risk.
Download our Living a healthy lifestyle brochure.