Not smoking, regular exercise, a healthy diet, healthy body weight and not drinking too much are the five golden rules that can help to extend our lives by more than a decade
Living to a ripe old age doesn’t have to involve the search for the fabled elixir of eternal youth.
The real answer to long life comes down to following just five straightforward lifestyle steps, say experts.
And they can add 14 years to the life of a woman aged 50 – and 12 years for a man, US researchers found.
Not smoking, regular exercise, a healthy diet, healthy body weight and not drinking too much are the five golden rules that can help to extend our lives by more than a decade.
Researchers studied 34 years of data from women and 27 years of data from men involved in two large national US health surveys. Those who followed all five steps were 74 per cent less likely to die during this period than participants who didn’t stick to any of the lifestyle habits.
Their death rate was much lower for heart disease, stroke and cancer.
Study author Frank Hu, of Harvard’s T H Chan School of Public Health, said: ‘It is critical to put prevention first.
‘Prevention, through diet and lifestyle modifications, has enormous benefits in terms of reducing occurrence of chronic diseases, improving life expectancy as shown in this study, and reducing healthcare costs.’