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Increasing Weight and Smoking Affects Life Expectancy and Years of Disability

Smoking and excess weight predict years of disability.

A study of life expectancy and disability among normal weight, overweight, and obese smokers and nonsmokers, found that disability risks increase with greater weight. Being overweight or obese increased the risk of disability by 15% and 64%, respectively. Non-smokers who were overweight or obese experienced 3.6 and 6.1 more years of disability, respectively,  compared those of normal weight.  Smoking decreased life expectancy more than the years of disability. 

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Good Health Habits Reduce Risk of Death By 47%

Poor health habits can accelerate death by the equivalent of 12 years compared with good habits.

A study of 63,791 Chinese women in the Shanghai Women’s Health Study, age 40-70, who never smoked or used alcohol, reports the combined effects of 5 health habits reduce mortality from all causes by 47%. These health habits included normal weight, lower waist-hip ratio, daily exercise, never exposed to spouse's smoking, and higher daily fruit and vegetable intake. Women with 0-1 of these were found to have death rates equivalent to those 12 years older than their age.

PositiveTip: How are your health habits? Invest now in choosing a healthier lifestyle.

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Childhood Obesity Increases Risk for Early Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

Childhood obesity is a good environment for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Researchers examined the physiological changes in extremely obese children compared to normal weight. Those overweight and obese had higher levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol (the damaging kind) and inflammatory markers which help predict the early onset of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The most important finding was that these predictors of early disease increased steadily with increasing weight gain in children.

PositiveTip:  Low fat diets with more wholesome foods tend to help prevent weight gain along with active family activities to reduce sedentary hours.

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Excess Weight Found To Reduce Sperm Count, Sperm Motility and Vitality

Increasing body weight lowers sperm count.

A study of body weight and reproductive health found that compared to normal weight men, the overweight and obese had 10% and 20% lower sperm counts, respectively. Researchers also noted that sperm motility and vitality decreased with increasing weight. Men with zero sperm count increased nearly fourfold from 1% in normal weight to 3.8% obese men.

PositiveTip: Determine to lose weight now. Eat less processed foods and walk every chance you get.