A team of researchers from the Harvard University conducted a research. From their research they found out that adopting some five healthy habits could add over a decade to your your life span.
By changing one’s way of life, women can increase their life expectancy by 14 years and men by 12 years.
The five habits are; Eating a healthy food, Exercising, Not drinking so much alcohol, maintaining a healthy body weight and also not smoking.
We have been hearing about all the habits i mentioned above, but the study has proved how much of an effect these healthy habits can have.
This Team of researchers found out, people who live healthy lifestyles were 82 per cent less likely to die from cardiovascular diseases and also 65 per cent were less likely to die from cancer than individuals who were less healthy over the 30 year period of the study.
Overall, healthier people had a 74 per cent lower chance of premature death.
The study, published in the journal Circulation, involved researchers studying 34 years of data on 78,865 American women and 27 years on 44,354 men.
The researchers point out that at 79.3 years, Americans have a lower life expectancy than almost all other high income countries. And so they’d hoped that the study could quantify the effect of lifestyle on longevity in the US.
The findings show that not smoking, keeping a healthy BMI, being active for at least 30 minutes a day, keeping alcohol intake moderate (eg about one small glass of wine a day) and eating healthily can have a huge effect on life expectancy.