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NEW YORK, Nov 04, 2003 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Despite widespread attention to dieting, exercise and not calorie intake may be more important in preventing death from heart disease.

A 17-year study of 9,800 Americans by researchers at the Einstein College of Medicine in New York City indicates diet may not be a major factor in causing death by heart disease.

Lead researcher Dr. Jing Fang said instead, losing excess weight -- or not becoming overweight to begin with -- and exercising may do more to ward off death from heart disease than does just diet.

Fang said, "The fact is that those who both exercised more and ate more nevertheless had low cardiovascular mortality." She said expending energy through physical activity may be the key to cutting the risks of heart disease and living a longer, more healthful life.

The study appears in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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