Healthy habits extend our lives

10.01.2020 – Healthy habits extend our lives. People with five healthy habits – persons who never smoke, have a normal body weight, a healthy diet, and low alcohol consumption, and who exercise regularly – live longer. And as a study by an international team of researchers from the US, China, the Netherlands, and Switzerland that was just published in BMJ shows, they also live better.

The Director of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, Oscar H. Franco, who is one of the study’s authors, notes that «This is the first study to demonstrate how healthy lifestyle dramatically increases the proportion of remaining lifetime that persons with healthy habits can expect to live free of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. A healthy lifestyle add years to your life and life to those extra years.»

The study used data from nearly 112,000 men and women in the US. They found that at age 50 women with healthy habits can expect to live in health without chronic disease nearly half again as long as women without healthy habits. At this same age, men who have healthy habits can expect good health to last nearly one-third longer than can men without healthy habits.

And it doesn’t stop there. Healthy habits improve the survival of men and women who are diagnosed with one of those chronic diseases.

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