Five Healthy Habits Add Years of Life

Ways to Increase Longevity




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Analyzing why Americans have a lower life expectancy when compared to most other developed countries, Harvard researchers used 34 years of data on more than 120,000 health professionals to focus on five lifestyle factors that promote longevity. They found that women and men lived on average 14 years and 12 years longer, respectively, if they had a healthy body weight (between 18.5 and 24.9 BMI), never smoked, exercised at moderate-to-vigorous levels at least 30 minutes a day, ate a healthy diet and drank only moderately (one five-ounce glass of wine for women, two for men).

The effect was cumulative; the combination of all five produced the greatest life extension. Those that maintained the healthiest lifestyles were 82 percent less likely to die from cardiovascular disease and 65 percent less likely to die from cancer, compared with those with the least healthy lifestyles.


This article appears in the December 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

 

 

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