A Word from Dr. Kirby – 5 Lifestyle Factors Could Add More Than 10 Years to Life Expectancy

May 3, 2018 @ 08:02

Here is a recent article from the journal Circulation which adds even more evidence (if that is necessary) regarding the remarkable health benefits of following a healthy lifestyle. And following a healthy lifestyle is not very difficult to do.

 

By Amy Orciari Herman

Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and André Sofair, MD, MPH

Middle-aged adults with five low-risk lifestyle factors could live more than a decade longer than their less healthy peers, according to a Circulation study.

Using data from the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study, researchers examined associations between five low-risk lifestyle factors and mortality over roughly 30 years’ follow-up. The lifestyle factors were healthy diet, never smoking, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (at least 30 min/day), moderate alcohol consumption, and healthy body-mass index.

The researchers found that each low-risk factor was associated with significantly reduced risks for all-cause, cancer, and cardiovascular mortality. Additionally, compared with participants who didn’t meet criteria for any low-risk factor, those who met criteria for all five had a 74% reduced overall mortality risk.

The researchers estimated that average life expectancy at age 50 was 14 years longer for women with all five low-risk factors (reaching age 93) relative to women with no low-risk factors. Among men, all five factors extended life expectancy by 12 years (reaching age 88).

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