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Top U.S. Health Groups Team Up with Lifestyle Advice

Tue Jun 15, 2004 02:45 PM ET

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Want to avoid a heart attack? How about a stroke? Or is it cancer or diabetes you fear?

The advice to avoid all of them is the same -- exercise more, stay slim or slim down, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, do not smoke and visit your doctor.

The American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association teamed up on Tuesday to deliver a simple, clear message to the U.S. public and to doctors -- these top four killers are all mostly caused by lifestyle.

Many studies have indicated that up to two-thirds of all cases of cancer are caused by smoking, poor diet, or a lack of exercise, as opposed to unlucky genes or environmental chemicals.

Article: http://www.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=healthNews&storyID=5429566