Everyone wants to live longer and enjoy the things nature, together with technology, has to offer. But, is it really possible for one to live longer by than more than a decade, even decades with a number of unhealthy thingummies we take in? If yes, what are those things that would help us live longer?
A new study says that you can if you follow these five healthy habits. What are they? They include: avoiding smoking, maintaining a good exercise routine, quit drinking too much alcohol, maintaining a healthy body- mass index, and eating healthy meals.
The new study says that these five healthy habits, when maintained, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer and other health-related issues confronting mankind.
According to the study, each of those factors is meaningfully associated with a reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and cancer, the top two killers in the United States.
As stated by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 610,000 individuals die of heart disease each year, approximately one of every four deaths in the country. Each year in the United States, 1.5 million people are diagnosed with cancer, and more than 500,000 Americans die of the disease. About 609,640 Americans are expected to die of cancer this year alone, according to the American Cancer Society. In fact, by 2020, the number of new cancer cases will be 2 million a year, according to a new study. What devastating news!
On this issue, Dr. Meir Stampfer, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and professor of epidemiology and nutrition at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who was a co-author of the study said:
“These are some of the leading causes of premature death, so by preventing or reducing the incidence of those diseases, it promotes longevity, and it also improves survival after diagnosis of those diseases.”
“We can do so much better for having a long healthy life by pretty simple minimal changes in our behavior, and only 8% of adults in our country are adhering to these,”
“The main take-home message is that there’s a huge gain in health and longevity to be had just by simple changes in our behavior pattern, and as a country, I think we need to make it easier for ourselves to do this by promoting tobacco cessation, by providing better environments for physical activity and so on.”
According to Dr. Douglas Vaughan, chairman of the department of medicine in Feinberg School of Medicine, who though was not involved in the study, this new study should encourage and move individuals to approve of a healthy lifestyle.
Although the study well focused on the five lifestyles which could help to reduce the risk of early death, Dr. Vaughan highlighted that individual, when taken seriously, would also help to reduce the risk of early death.
“It looks like cigarette smoking has a more powerful effect than the other lifestyle changes or behaviors. Certainly, maintaining a reasonable body-mass index is a great way to protect oneself against the development of diabetes.”
Body Mass index (BMI), a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height. A normal body mass, according to a research, should be between 18.5kg and 24.9kg.
Dr. Vaughan in a statement said:
“So, in aggregate, we see the effect on longevity, but you can imagine its large effects on cardiovascular risk and metabolic risk. It suggests potentially at a defined point in life, say age 50, that if you adhere to a healthy paradigm like this, you can have an impact on your longevity and on your health span.”