Is More Really Better?

Two very large cohort studies found those who drank more coffee experienced lower death rates than nonconsumers. The European EPIC study followed over 500,000 people for 16 years, and the Multiethnic Cohort study followed 200,000, also for 16 years.

Read MoreLong right arrow

Should You Eat More Chili Peppers?

A large 7 year observational study in China found all-cause mortality 10% lower among those who ate spicy food 1-2 days each week. Chili pepper was the most commonly used spice. The authors pointed out that the study design could not determine if it was spicy food or some other unknown factor that caused this benefit.…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Early Life Exercise Brings Lifetime Benefits

Data from a large Chinese study of women 40-70 years old reveals that adolescent and adult exercise significantly reduces the risk of all-cause mortality. Women who didn't start exercising until adulthood saw a lower risk also, but not as low. Exercise is good at all ages, but there seems to be an additive benefit when…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Benefits of Five Daily Servings of Fruits and Vegetables

Researchers examined data from 16 prospective studies and found the more fruits and vegetables people ate each day, the lower their risk for all-cause mortality. Each serving was 2.8 ounces (80 grams) of fruit or vegetable. It appeared that 5 servings per day optimized the benefits. Each fruit or vegetable serving lowered the risk of…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Fat Teens Have Shorter Lives

Adults who were overweight or obese during their adolescence were significantly more likely to die before reaching 50 years old than their normal-weight peers. While life-expectancy gains of the last 50 years have been very encouraging, this analysis of more than 2 million Israelis from ages 17 to 50 suggests this progress may be wiped out…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Chalk-up More Benefits to Lifestyle Change

A 23 year follow-up of 6-years of lifestyle intervention among a group of patients who had impaired glucose tolerance in China found a 45% lower risk of diabetes and a 41% reduction in cardiovascular mortality. Patients were randomized to diet-only, exercise-only, both diet and exercise or standard medical care groups. There were some marked gender differences, and…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Extremes In Weight Increase Risk of Death

A recent meta-analysis of 51 studies comparing BMI and all-cause mortality found that underweight people are 1.8 times more likely to die than people with a healthy BMI. The same risk of death is 1.2 for obese people and 1.3 for severely obese people. The findings controlled for smoking, alcohol use or lung disease and excluded…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Inactivity as Deadly as Cigarettes

The burden of physical inactivity on global mortality is equal to that of smoking cigarattes. Havard researchers have calculated that 5.3 million global deaths can be attributed to inactivity, which is very similar to the 5 million attributed to cigarete smoking. Physical inactivity was defined as less than the World Health Organization's recommendation of 150…

Read MoreLong right arrow

The Value of Social Support

Those living by themelves or just feeling lonely have a 25% increased risk for all-cause mortality and cardiovascular death--especially in younger subjects (under 80). In another study, feelings of loneliness in those over 60 years of age were approximately 60% more likely to experience declines in their ability to carry out daily tasks. PositiveTip: Provide some…

Read MoreLong right arrow

Diabetes Increases Risk of Death from All Causes

Researchers have analyzed a very large number of prospective studies, and concluded that diabetic patients had 2.32 times greater risk of death from vascular disease (heart disease and stroke) than non-diabetics. Analyzing data from 97 published studies, researchers found that a 50-year-old diabetic can expect to die six years earlier than a non-diabetic. In comparison, smoking…

Read MoreLong right arrow