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Health in Your 70s

woman in her 70sAge-Related Health Issues: The News Is Better Than You'd Think

The risk of heart disease increases as you age, but the good news is that heart disease is one area where lifestyle really makes a big difference. If you aren't affected by heart disease now, you may not be in the future, either. Ask your health care professional about tests you should have to check on your heart's health. If you have one or more forms of heart disease now, there are many things you can do, in addition to using medication that's likely been recommended for you, to improve your health. Either way, be sure to eat well (choosing food from a variety of groups, high in fiber and low in saturated fat and cholesterol) and get plenty of exercise. Exercise does not have to be strenuous—a regular habit of brisk walking most days of the week for 30 to 60 minutes, and ideally, once a day, is all you need to do to reduce your risk of heart problems.

Cancer risk increases as you age as well, though probably not as much as you'd think. By the time you are in your 70s, much of your lifetime risk for cancer is behind you. If you've made it to your 70s healthy, you stand a good chance of avoiding cancer altogether. Eat well, exercise daily and be sure to have cancer screenings regularly or when your health care professional recommends them.