Study found that those who practiced all eight habits by age 40 lived more than 20 years longer than those who did not.
A recent study suggests that adopting eight specific lifestyle habits may significantly increase life expectancy in middle-aged adults. The study, which analyzed medical reports from more than 700,000 US veterans, found that those who practiced all eight habits by age 40 lived more than 20 years longer than those who did not.
- The study, published in Nutrition 2023, analyzed medical reports of more than 700,000 US veterans.
- The eight habits identified include:
- Physical activity
- Freedom from opioid addiction
- Stress management
- A good diet
- Abstaining from regular binge drinking
- Good sleep hygiene
- Positive social relationships.
- The habits involving opioid use and smoking were most highly associated with risks of death, with a 30% to 45% higher death risk.
- The study also found that stress, binge drinking, poor diet, and poor sleep hygiene were associated with about a 20% increase in death risk.
- Lack of positive social relationships was associated with the smallest increase in death risk, at around 5%.
- Even adopting one new habit could have a positive impact on lifespan.
- The study underscores the importance of lifestyle choices in extending life expectancy, with the potential for even small changes later in life to have a beneficial impact.