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A study by the Centers for Disease Control, of people ages 35 to 65, shows that having just four healthy habits that reduce your risk of diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer by almost 80%.

The research shows the association with four lifestyle factors: Not smoking; eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and low in meat consumption; getting a half-hour daily of moderate exercise; and avoiding obesity.

Diabetes risk was most sharply reduced by a healthy lifestyle. Avoiding obesity was most effective in reducing risks, followed by not smoking. The potential for avoiding society’s biggest killers through healthy living is “enormous,” say the researchers.