A Healthy Lifestyle can increase your Average Life Span

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 09, 2014

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Despite of knowing how good a healthy lifestyle can be for us, we tend to leisurely allow laziness to take over us. A new research says that someone who smokes, drinks a lot, is physically inactive and eats an unhealthy diet is about 2.5 folds higher at risk of mortality compared with someone who leads a healthy lifestyle.

side-effects of a sedentary lifestyleEva Martin-Diener from the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at the University of Zurich, said, “To put it positively, a healthy lifestyle can help you stay 10 years younger”. To do the study, the researchers analysed data from Swiss National Cohort on at least four important factors such as tobacco smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and harmful alcohol consumption. The data was collected from 16, 721 participants aged between 16 and 90 years.

Smoking happens to be the most harmful of the four factors. When compared with a group of non-smokers, those people who smoke have 57 percent higher risk of dying prematurely. The impact that an unhealthy diet, a lack of sport and more of alcohol abuse can result in elevated mortality risk of about 15 percent for each factor.

The lead author of the study, Brian Martin from University of Zurich, said, "We were very surprised by the 2.5 fold higher risk when all four risk factors are combined." He added that an unhealthy lifestyle has, above all, a long lasting impact on any person’s life.
Researchers concluded by adding that, “The probability of a 75-year-old man with none of the four risk factors surviving the next 10 years is 67 percent and for a women, 74 percent”.

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