Research published this week in the journal Circulation, reported findings of a 34 year study on over 100,000 people found five modifiable lifestyle
behaviors associated with a 14 year longer life expectancy in women and a 12 year long life expectancy in men at age 50. The health behaviors related to longer life included never smoking, eating a healthy diet, maintaining a normal weight, drinking alcohol in moderation or not at all, and getting more than 3.5 hours a week of moderate to vigorous activity.
The journal article is at: http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2018/04/25/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.032047
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From the findings of this study, living longer is in your control and the sooner you take control and adopt a healthier lifestyle the better.
Below are some tools to help you assess what you can focus on to start living healthier so you can live longer.
- Weight – the study used the standard BMI (body mass index ) Chart. This assessment uses your height and weight to calculate your BMI. While not a perfect tool, it is the standard.
You can calculate your BMI at https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/lose_wt/BMI/bmicalc.htm
- Diet - A healthy diet meets the requirements established in My Plate. To get a sense of the changes you can make, the information at www.myplate.gov and the Dietary Guideline for Americans 2015-2020 at https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/guidelines/
- Moderate Alcohol – Moderate alcohol intake is one drink (5 oz wine, 12 oz, beer or 1.5 ounces of hard liquid) per day for women, and 2 for men.
More information is at https://www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/overview-alcohol-consumption/what-standard-drink
- Activity – The recommendation for physical activity is at least 30 minutes a day 5 days a week. Tips to help you increase your activity are at: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity-tips.
- Tobacco – While the study results were based on never having smoked, if you do smoke, quitting is essential. For some tips on how to quit see: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity-tips
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