It’s never too late to reduce your stroke risk, even for women in their 50s, say researchers, who analyzed data on nearly 60,000 women in the Nurses’ Health Study. The women enrolled at an average age of 52 and remained in the study for an average of 26 years.

During that time, three steps — quitting smoking, exercising for 30 minutes or more daily, and weight loss — reduced overall stroke risk by 25% and the risk of ischemic stroke by 36%.

Read more about the study here.