Posted in food, Health, news

5 Ways to Add Years to Your Life

A study out of Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health finds 5 simple lifestyle changes that can add 1-2 decades onto one’s life.

Researchers looked at lifestyle and diet of over 100,000 men and women apart of the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study.  They found sticking to these lifestyle changes at the age of 50 could give the average woman 14 extra years of life and the average man, 12.

Since cancer and heart disease contribute to hundreds of thousands of deaths a year, study authors suggest the following:

 

Avoiding Smoking

Since smoking has been long linked to early death, due to increase risk of arteriosclerosis and multiple types of cancer, avoiding tobacco products have been found to increase life expectancy.

smoking-one-cigarette.jpg

Keeping Weight Down

Researchers encourage a healthy body weight, more specifically a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2.

bmi-chart.png

Obesity has been linked to diabetes, heart disease and multiple cancers, so a healthy diet is paramount.

Eating a Healthy Diet

Diets rich in vegetables, low sugar fruits, whole grains, fish and healthy fish oils have been found to decrease risk of diabetes, obesity, heart issues and various cancers.

Tips-to-Effectively-Follow-the-Mediterranean-Diet

Avoiding excess salt, sugar, and saturated fats are key.

Regular Exercise

30 minutes a day of moderate to vigorous activity daily has been recommended by multiple medical associations.  I would encourage making sure one’s medical provider evaluates heart health before engaging in vigorous activity.  But walking, swimming, household chores, dancing, and many other activities fall under “moderate activity” that can be safe and provide multiple health benefits.

yoga.jpeg

“Moderate” Drinking

Moderate drinking is defined as no more than one drink a day for women, two drinks a day for men.

What-is-a-drink

Image above from CDC

However, alcohol consumption has been controversial as many studies have linked to small amounts of alcohol to cancer.  Moreover the sugar levels in alcohol can contribute to diabetes and obesity.

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

Author:

Nationally Syndicated Radio Host, Board Certified Family Medicine Physician, Author

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s