5 Lifestyle Factors Can Add 10+ Years to Life Expectancy

The evidence continues to accumulate--a healthy lifestyle in middle-age improves the length and quality of life. Using data from two very large cohorts, researchers looked at the associations between five low-risk lifestyle factors and mortality over 30 years. A healthy diet, never smoking, moderate-to-vigorous physical activity for 30 minutes/day or more, a healthy weight, and no…

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Global Life Expectancy Increases by Six Years

Based on data from 190 countries between 1990-2013 life expectancy increased by 6 years to 71.5 years. However, the time spent living in good health did not keep the same pace, increasing only 5.4 years. Japan had the highest healthy life expectancy (HALE) of 73 years and Lesotho had the lowest at 42 years. U.S. men had a HALE…

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Eating Plant Based Extends Your Life and the Planet’s

Researchers at Loma Linda University are providing an environmental incentive to going vegetarian. Compared to non-vegetarian diets, a plant-based diet required 30% less greenhouse gas production. Factory farming approaches to meat production take more energy and produce more waste than plant farming. In addition, researchers found mortality rates for vegetarians were 20% lower than non-vegetarians.…

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Women Have Caught Men in Smoking Deaths

"Most people in the U.S. assume that smoking is on its way out. But the grim reality is that smoking still exerts an enormous toll on the health of Americans," wrote Steven A. Schroeder, MD of UCSFO. Smoking killed about 100 million people in the 20th century, and is predicted to kill about 1 billion…

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Long Life and Vitamin D

Dutch researchers found that individuals in families who tend to live long lives have low levels of 25(OH) vitamin D. Offspring of parents who lived to their 90s had significantly lower levels than controls. This surprising finding does not prove cause, and many questions remain. Genetic studies suggest these offspring may have higher levels of…

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The Tube and Length of Life

Every single hour of TV viewed after the age of 25 reduced, on average, the viewer's life expectancy by 21.8 minutes. Based on the amount of TV viewed in Australia in 2008, life expectancy at birth was reduced for men by 1.8 years and for women by 1.5 years. People who spend a lifetime average…

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Sitting Could Shorten Your Life Expectancy

By analyzing data from the NHANES researchers have found that by limiting time watching television (any screen time?) to less than 2 hours per day added 1.38 years of life. Cutting total daily sitting time to less than 3 hours increased life expectancy by 2 full years. This analysis is based on 166,738 survey respondents followed…

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Increasing Weight and Smoking Affects Life Expectancy and 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. …

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Walk Faster, Live Longer

A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) examined the walking speed of older adults to see how it affected their life expectancy. The study analyzed the results of nine other scientific studies as well.All nine studies combined together totaled more than 34,000 senior adults, 65 years of age and older. Their…

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