Five Healthy Lifestyle Habits Could Add >10 Years to Life

Glen Mclaughlin
May 1, 2018

The study, published in the journal Circulation, suggests poor lifestyle is a major factor that cuts American lives short.

According to government statistics, 50-year-old Americans have a life expectancy of another 30 to 33 years, CBS News reports.

To what extent could a focus on prevention help to raise life expectancy in the USA, which finds itself averaging 79.3 years, compared with Japan's 83.7?

Bringing all the results together, the researchers produced nationally representative estimates of longer life expectancy linked to each low-risk lifestyle factor, and to all of them combined. Combined with data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data and mortality data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the researchers used this data to estimate the impact of lifestyle factors on the life expectancy of US citizens.

Men and women who had such healthy lives were 82% less likely to die of heart disease and 65% less likely to die of cancer compared with those with the least healthy lifestyles, over the roughly 30 years of the study. Frank B. Hu, who chairs the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. The population-attributable risk for non-adherence to five low-risk factors was 60.7, 51.7, and 71.7 percent, respectively, for all-cause, cancer, and cardiovascular mortality.

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Study researcher Meir Stampfer, from Harvard Chan School of Public Health, and colleagues looked at the medical records and lifestyle of 123,000 individuals to find out how much longer people could live if they adhere to five healthy practices.

The body mass index is a measure of body fat and is defined as one's weight in kilograms divided by the square of one's height in metres. - Eat a healthy diet.

The data for the new research came from the Nurses' Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. The study participants filled out detailed questionnaires about their health and lifestyle habits every two to four years, Time reports.

Compared with those who didn't follow any of the healthy lifestyle habits, those who followed all five were 74 percent less likely to die during the study period. The results of the study show that following these lifestyle habits is associated with a reduced risk of dying from the two largest killers in the USA, which are cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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