Adopt 5 Healthy Habits, Live 12 to 14 Years Longer

From an article in the NY Times, Adopt 5 Healthy Habits, Live 12 to 14 Years Longer

Five behaviors could extend life expectancy at 50 by more than a decade, even without the discovery of a single new drug or medical treatment.

The study, in Circulation, looked at five behaviors:

  • eating a healthy diet
  • not smoking
  • getting regular physical activity
  • moderate alcohol consumption
  • maintaining a normal weight

The scientists calculated that, on average, a 50-year-old man who adopted all of these would live 12 years longer than a man who took on none. A woman with the same five habits would live an average of 14 more years than a woman with none of them.

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