Here is very interesting article based on a "new study published in the journal, Preventative Medicine, that people can extend their life expectancies by avoiding four poor lifestyle habits: smoking, alcohol, poor diet, and inactivity."
"Researchers at the University of Zurich studied 16,721 people, ages 16 to 90 from 1977 to 1993 with their corresponding deaths up until 2003."
"The purpose of the study was to determine what a healthy lifestyle looked like in numbers and to prove that avoiding unhealthy factors can help increase life expectancy."
"Some interesting findings: Smoking is the highest risk factor, with smokers having a 57 percent higher risk of dying prematurely."
"Also, people who engage in all four risk factors have a mortality risk that's two and a half times higher than someone who refrains from bad health habits."
"For example, the probability of a 75-year-old man who incorporates all four risk factors surviving the next 10 years is only 35 percent."
"If he does not engage in those four poor habits, his odds shoot to 67 percent; for a woman, it is 47 and 74 percent respectively."
"What's more, the impact of an unhealthy lifestyle worsens as a person ages."
"For 45-to-55-year-olds who smoke, drink, do not work out, and do not eat healthfully, those choices barely made a dent on their mortality rates, compared to the effect it had on the 65-to-75-year-olds."
Their conclusion: "Eat well, exercise, and swear off vices and you will be thankful in your golden years!"
So how many risk factors do you have?
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