Livin’ La Vida Long Time

Looking for a way to stave off a visit from the Grim Reaper? Follow four simple rules and you could earn yourself an extra 14 years as a mere mortal.

In a study of 20,000 British adults, researchers from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council determined that people who exercise regularly, eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, drink moderately and quit smoking live 14 years longer than their less virtuous counterparts.

After adjusting for age and other covariates that may impact longevity, the researchers determined that smoking was associated with the greatest mortality risk reduction, with those who ditched the cigarettes logging an 80% overall improvement in health. Regular fruit and vegetable consumption, meanwhile, had the second largest effect on health, followed by moderate drinking and regular exercise, which procured similar benefits.

Commenting on the results, the researchers note that they “may provide further support for the idea that even small differences in lifestyle may make a big difference to health in the population and encourage behavior change.”

Doing all four? Then it’s probably about time you reserve the best rocker at the retirement home!

via ABC News

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  1. I note gleefully that “consuming whole grains” is not on this list!

    If you count my daily 4 miles of walking as sufficient exercise, I do all four of these most of the time. (I admit to being less motivated to prepare and eat veggies if I’m eating by myself.)

  2. I quite smoking cigarettes about 2 years ago and I have never felt better. I no longer experience tightness in my chest and I no longer wake up with the cigarette smell.

  3. That’s one thing America has got over Europe. Everyone smokes in Europe! L.A. may be smogged up from too much emissions, but at least I can walk into a bar without worrying about reducing my life span from second hand smoke. And veggies, yeah, those are good too.

  4. I just love all these studies that continue to point out the obvious. “Recent research shows that breathing air & drinking water may increase lifespan by decades!”

    Sorry for the snark, I do appreciate the article because at least someone out there is fighting the good fight. Really though, don’t they think everyone already knows that not smoking & drinking, eating well, and exercising are the basic rules for living longer? Everyday we hear “Diets & pills don’t work, eat right & exercise!” and “Drinking & smoking are bad!” There can’t possibly be anyone left that doesn’t know these things. Or maybe I just read too many health blogs… 😉

  5. I just love all these studies that continue to point out the obvious.

    I hear ya, but sometimes the obvious needs to be repeated. I liked the simplicity of the message, just four habits yields a dramatic increase in longevity. 14 years is a long time. I think I know what’s good or bad for me, but I still read this blog and other health and nutrition sources to keep myself inspired, much like a believer may read scripture.

  6. [i]I think I know what’s good or bad for me, but I still read this blog and other health and nutrition sources to keep myself inspired, much like a believer may read scripture.[/i]

    Amen. My Google home page used to be dominated by sports. Now I have to scroll down past several RSS feeds on health related blogs to get to them. I’m looking for some information–but also a heavy dose of inspiration. By the way, I’m closing in on a milestone. I’m only seven pounds away from confirming that my digital scale is capable of producing the number “1” in the hundreds place! 🙂

  7. Sonagi & Dave, I wholeheartedly agree with you. I am tuned into this blog and a few others every single day to keep my motivation and continue to learn new things. What I learn sticks in my mind a lot longer when I hear it over and over, and each time I see something it reminds me to stay focused.

    Didn’t mean to come off as someone who didn’t need the reminder, I’m just prone to being snarky & sarcastic a lot. If I ever come across as flippant, just imagine me with a big smile & a joking tone. I’m a very positive & happy individual, most people respond well to my snarkiness in person, but I forget that it doesn’t translate into print very well.

    So please, keep the reminders coming! Dave, I know what you mean about the health blogs taking over. I used to read lots of blogs, most of them celebrity trash. I don’t even care about celebrities, just managed to get drawn into it somehow. I lost my links one day, and decided to only re-favorite the health blogs so I wouldn’t waste time elsewhere. I still waste time reading online, but at least it’s something designed to help me, and sure enough it has.