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Healthy lifestyle increases longevity


AmericaResearch shows that a healthy lifestyle can add at least three years to women’s life, and at least six years to men’s.

The study, published in the journal BMJ, is part of the Chicago Health and Aging Project. The volunteers involved included 2,400 people aged 65 and over.

The analysis found that women with healthy daily habits lived about 24 years longer (89 years old), compared with 21 years for those with less healthy habits. Life expectancy for men with a healthy lifestyle is about 88 years, higher than 82 years in the other group.

To conduct the study, experts developed a scoring system for daily habits that includes five factors: diet, cognitive activity, physical activity, smoking and drinking habits. Volunteers will be awarded one point on a 5-point scale if they meet healthy living standards.

Experts say a healthy lifestyle can increase life expectancy by three to six years in women and men. Image: Shutterstock

Results showed that people who scored 4 or 5 had a lower rate of Alzheimer’s disease (dementia) than those who scored 0 to 1 point. The prevalence of Alzheimer’s in healthy women is 11%, lower than 19% in less healthy people.

Experts conclude that healthy habits increase life expectancy, not increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.

Before that, many people believed that genetic factors played an important role in determining the life expectancy of each person. However, more and more scientists are showing that factors such as environment, lifestyle and diet are the keys to a long, healthy life. Do not eat too much, use turmeric powder, eat a lot of vegetables, drink coffee or tea, keep your mind relaxed and ensure the quality of sleep to help prolong life.

Thuc Linh (According to Washington Post)

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