Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men in the United States, reports the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2007, it was the leading cause of death for more than 390,000 men. And men in their 50s carry the highest risk for developing heart disease and having a stroke, according to the American Heart Association.
So what can you do to protect your pump? Clearly it's never too late to start improving your odds against the risk factors (high blood pressure and cholesterol, physical inactivity, and the rest of the usual suspects), but Peters' biggest advice is simple: Start caring for your body at a younger age.
"The best mindset for men to have is, 'How am I going to take care of my body for the rest of my life,'" says Peters. "That way you're eliminating problems from an early age."
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