9 Things you’re doing that can shorten your life

By:Ariba Khaliq, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jul 17, 2014

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Have a look at these 9 things you’re probably doing everyday that have the potential to shorten your lifespan. Try to eliminate them from your life completely.
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    We’re all Dying just as We’re Living

    All of us at some point in our life have read on how to increase life span. So, how about looking at things that you probably already do right now and see if they could be making your days alive shorter? These everyday things actually truncate our life. These habits may seem innocent but overdoing anything can have serious impact on our health. Let’s look at 9 everyday things you’re probably doing that can potentially shorten your lifespan.  Let's also try to eliminate these behaviours from our lives entirely. Image Courtesy: Getty


  • 2

    You Haven’t Found Love Yet

    Being single for a long period of time could take a whole decade off your life. A study by Harvard Medical School found that communities with unbalanced gender ratios, such as more men than women or vice verse, caused the minority to die earlier. So, mate-up. Image Courtesy: Getty


  • 3

    You Sit Too Much

    Minus two years from your lifespan if you sit for more than three hours a day. A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine found that sitting for more than 11 hours a day increased the risk of death by 40 percent over the next three years, compared with sitting for under four hours a day. Kindly get that stand-up desk. Image Courtesy: Getty


  • 4

    You have Weak Social Connections

    People who neglect their friends were found to die at much higher rates than their counterparts, according to research by Brigham Young University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In fact, elderly people with large circles of friends were found to be 22 percent less likely to die over a tested study period, and those social connections generally promote brain health in aging brains. Image Courtesy: Getty


  • 5

    You Watch too much TV

    Harvard researchers believe that watching just two hours of television a day can lead to an increased risk of premature death, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Not convinced? According to the New York Times, "every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life expectancy by 21.8 minutes." Defy these experts and take the risk if you want to. But that will cost your life. Image Courtesy: Getty


  • 6

    You Eat too much Red Meat

    The amount of red meat you eat directly increases your mortality risk. It contains excessive saturated fat and cholesterol, and that accounts for some of the increased mortality risk, but you have increased mortality risk even eating very lean cuts of red meat. So, you might want to limit your intake of red meat to two servings per week. Image Courtesy: Getty


  • 7

    You’re Unemployed

    63 percent! That’s how much your risk of premature death will increase if you are unemployed. These statistics were quoted by Canadian researchers after analyzing 40 years of data from 20 million people in 15 countries. Image Courtesy: Getty


  • 8

    You have to Commute Long Distances

    Commuting for about an hour increases your stress levels and has just about as much negative effects as sitting does. It also reduces your likelihood of participating in healthy activities. The greatest lifespan risk is with female commuters, who were found to have significantly shorter lifespans after consistently commuting for 31 miles or more, according to researchers at Sweden’s Umeå University. Image Courtesy: Getty


  • 9

    You’re Sleeping too Little or too Much

    If you sleep for less than five hours or for more than nine hours a night, your life expectancy significantly decreases, according to Harvard Medical School. Chronic lack of sleep is associated with a greater risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some types of cancers, dementia, cognitive and memory problems, weight gain and early death. Image Courtesy: Getty


  • 10

    You Drink a Lot

    According to a research, binge drinking pushes you towards death at a significantly faster rate. According to the news published in Dailymail, researchers found that as compared with teetotalers, alcoholics die 20 years earlier. Image Courtesy: Getty

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