Your Health: Sep. 4, 2000

GOOD NEWS

HALE AND HEARTY Chalk up another one for women. A study of nearly 85,000 nurses shows that since 1980, coronary heart disease--the leading killer of women in the U.S.--has plummeted 30%. The decline is mostly attributable to better diet: women are eating less red meat and fewer high-fat dairy products while chowing down on more of the good stuff, like fiber. The fact that more of them have kicked the smoking habit helps too. That's not to say the battle is over. Doctors report that if obesity were licked, heart disease would drop even further.

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