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Individual results of this study are familiar to everyone. The Nurses' Health Study was among the first to show that using postmenopausal hormones increases the risk of breast cancer but that eating a high fat diet does not; that gaining weight in adulthood raises the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers but that doing simple exercises like walking can lower those risks. There's more. The Nurses' Health Study has also helped answer these important questions: Which vitamins really protect against cancer? How does the type of fat in food contribute to heart disease and cancer? What are the risks and benefits of postmenopausal hormones and birth control pills? And how big are the benefits of quitting smoking?
For twenty-five years, the Nurses' Health Study has followed more than 120,000 real women, leading real lives, to find what works -- and what doesn't -- to improve the health of women. Its findings over the years have resulted in hundreds of professional papers and newspaper headlines. Now, forthe first time, the most important findings from this study have been gathered together, summarized along with the results of other major research studies, and made accessible to the general public in book form.
But "Healthy Women, Healthy Lives" goes beyond simply labeling preventive factors and risky behavior -- it provides practical tips and strategies for making healthy lifestyle changes from clinical experts at Harvard Medical School. Here are the best ways to lower your risk of chronic disease as well as tips for losing weight, stopping smoking, eating healthily, and exercising regularly.
No matter how many other health books you own, "Healthy Women, Healthy Lives" is a unique addition. With easy-to-read graphics that clarify complex information at a glance, easy-to-follow strategies and personal tips from Harvard physicians, and personal stories from nurses who have contributed to the study, it is a valuable book created for all women.
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