Avoid these 5 conditions that shorten lives

healthy living Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic and New York University School of Medicine looked at which preventable risk factors contribute the most to premature deaths of Americans. They say that obesity is the No. 1 cause of lost “life-years,” followed by type 2 diabetes, tobacco use, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Risk factors for these conditions may include family history, age, race or gender, which are out of your control. However, other risk factors can be prevented or successfully managed through lifestyle changes or medical treatment, including:

Your provider is your partner in good health so it’s important to schedule an annual checkup and get all recommended screenings and tests.