Obesity and heart disease have been some of the drivers behind modern society’s current health crisis. As waistlines expand and arteries clog like rush hour traffic on I-35, it’s clear we’ve mastered the art of overindulgence and under-exercise. Who needs marathon medals when you can collect cholesterol plaques instead?

The Dallas Express has been covering the scale of the obesity crisis and some of the remedies Big Pharma has cooked up in recent years to help people manage the consequences of their unhealthy habits.

In any case, if you want to live longer, it might be a good idea to check out some of the tips a cardiologist recently shared with Newsweek:

“The leading cause of death in the United States is heart disease, accounting for roughly 1 in every 5 deaths nationwide. However, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 of these deaths are preventable.

“High blood pressure and cholesterol are both major risk factors for heart disease and stroke and affect roughly half of all American adults. The good news is that both of these risk factors can be significantly reduced by simple changes in lifestyle.

“So, what can you do to effectively lower your blood pressure and cholesterol? Newsweek spoke to cardiologist Stephanie Saucier to find out.”

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