One Houston cardiologist says the best time to change your bad health habits is today -- even though some researchers say you can reverse the ill-effects after the age of 50. Dr. John Higgins at UT-Health Science Center says individual physiologies differ, so the age when "there's no going back" isn't a firm one for everybody.
“Don't say to yourself, well, I can turn the clock back later and put it off until later,” Dr. Higgins says. “You need to get started today.”
Higgins says it's never too late to make a difference when it comes to heart health, but the best time to start is -- right now.
He says those bad habits can affect you in two ways.
“Both a short-term effect, which is reversable, and then a longer-term effect,” he says. “But, at some point, that longer-term effect becomes irreversable.”