We’ll be forever striving for the key to longevity, health and happiness. Researchers from the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health have undertaken a huge study into the impact of health habits on life expectancy and have found some of the answers.
The big conclusion is that rather than relying on drugs that cure illnesses and conditions, we should be putting more effort into preventing those problems in the first instance.
Here are the 5 things they have pinpointed contribute to a “healthy” lifestyle:
A healthy lifestyle, taking into account all these 5 points, leads to living far longer than those who have none of these good habits. Women who follow all five rules can live for up to 14 years longer than those who don’t, and it’s 12 years for men (assuming these habits are carried out at age 50.)
For those who don’t follow any of these 5 rules, the risk of premature death from cancer or cardiovascular disease is far higher than for those who follow all 5. The more of these rules you follow, the less the risk of premature death.
True Lucy, but I wonder if your healthy lifestyle made it more likely that you and your baby recovered more quickly perhaps? Glad you're both safe, it sounds like a very scary time.
a healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of suffering a lot of problems - but it won't fend them all off. There is absolutely still a place for science, medicine and drugs. My healthy lifestyle made no difference when I needed the emergency operation which saved me and my baby!
At last scientists have acknowledged the obvious - prevention is better than cure. Perhaps now they will stop trying to cure everything with drugs and help us build resilience to avoid illness in the first place.
I bet most people don't meet the minimum 30 minutes a day of moderate activity, Sounds easy, but I'm guessing that entails more than just walking.
I hope the exercise averages out; don't have time for a daily workout but I am trying for 3 a week.