Compelling Proof Supporting a Healthy Lifestyle For a Longer Life
We’ve all been told that implementing certain healthy lifestyle habits can lead to a longer, healthier, happier life. I'm sharing this article with you, as it provides compelling proof to back up these theories. A team of scientists at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed data from two nationwide surveys involving 78,000 women and 44,000 men. The study compares health outcomes of participants who adopted 5 specific lifestyle changes with those who didn’t. These lifestyle factors included not smoking, regular moderate to rigorous exercise, and limited alcohol intake. The other factors were maintaining a normal weight, and implementing a healthy eating pattern.
This healthy diet included ample fruit, vegetables, nuts, healthy fats and whole grains. It also involved limiting sugar, sodium and trans fats. The results showed that women who did not adopt all 5 healthy lifestyle habits lived until the average age of 79, compared with age 93.1 for those who were vigilant about adopting the healthy habits! The lifespan difference amongst the male participants was almost as impressive, with a difference between the average age of 75.5 and 87.6 respectively! Of no less significance was the resultant correlation with lower death rates from cancer and heart disease. The proof of the pudding is in the eating! These, amongst other, chronic diseases are preventable through nutrition and lifestyle!