10 Ways you May be Shortening your Life

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 07, 2014

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Did it ever strike in your mind that your life span depends on your actions and habits? Yes, bad habits tend to reduce your life span.
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    Live Longer

    Ever thought of your actions or habits that may take a toll on your life span? Yes, these simple looking things can affect your life for bad and even reduce your life. Here are the top 10 ways you may be shortening your life. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Smoking

    Yes smoking kills and that too much earlier than you expect. It can cause serious heart diseases along with many other health problems. It can greatly increase risk of heart attack and respiratory problems include cancer. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Alcohol

    While it can be even good for health if taken moderately, alcohol abuse can easily reduce your life span. According to the American Heart Association, excessive alcohol consumption can lead to high blood pressure and heart failure. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Obesity

    Obesity is the result of bad eating and lifestyle habits. According to the American Heart Association, obesity can lead to high cholesterol, high blood pressure and insulin resistance, all of which heighten the risk of cardiovascular disease and hence a shorter life. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Physically Inactive

    To have a healthy and long life, it is very important to do enough physical activity to be able to burn decent amount of calories every day. A less active lifestyle may increase risk of heart attack and other health problems. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Skipping medicines

    Often miss your medications? Think twice before you act careless about your medication as it can even shorten your life. Once we start feeling fine, we tend to forget our medicines which can allow the health problems to recur which is a bad sign for your life. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Stress

    Don't take undue stress as it can kill you sooner. According to the American Heart Association, negative emotions, such as anger and hostility, can raise blood pressure and can increase the risk of severe health problems. For example people with depression are four times more likely to have a heart attack. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Snoring

    While snoring seems like a normal phenomenon, it can be a sign of sleep apnea, where the breathing is interrupted during sleep, and it can raise the blood pressure. It poses a higher risk of heart disease and can cause a huge problem for your health and life. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Sleep

    This may sound like a surprise to you however sleep is also crucial for a healthy life. According to U.S. News & World Report, people who get an extra hour of sleep at night have a lower risk for artery-clogging calcification that can lead to heart disease. People who don't get enough sleep are more prone to heart problems and a shorter life span. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Red Meat

    Red meat can also pose a red flag for your life as it is high in saturated fat which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. A healthy diet with very less red meat is a good option to lower the risk. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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    Fast food

    A diet rich in refined sugars and trans fats be harmful for your overall health. Fast food can increase your chances of having a heart problem. If you want to live healthy for a longer time, switch to a low cholesterol diet. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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