4 Habits That Can Lower Your All-Cause Risk of Death by 80%
If you could dramatically lower your risk of dying from all causes by eighty percent, would it be worth your effort to change a few simple lifestyle habits? Virtually everyone has a concern about chronic disease and mortality, especially as they get older, but researchers are now able to quantify a significantly reduced risk profile that can be achieved by adopting four common sense practices that will come as no surprise to health-minded individuals.
A research study team from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has published the result of their work in the American Journal of Epidemiology that highlights a significant link between lifestyle factors and heart health, adding even more evidence in support of regular exercise, eating a Mediterranean-style diet, keeping a normal weight and, most importantly, not smoking.
Smoking Cessation is Found to Have the Largest Impact in Lowering the Risk of Early Death
Medical scientists have known for some time that unhealthy lifestyle habits are a major, preventable contributor to the development of coronary artery disease. Not surprisingly, smoking avoidance was found to play the largest role in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and mortality.
Regarding the results of this study, lead author, Dr. Haitham Ahmed noted, “To our knowledge, this is the first study to find a protective association between low-risk lifestyle factors and early signs of vascular disease, coronary heart disease and death.” The team assessed more than 6,200 men and women, aged between 44 and 84 years, and followed their progression for a period of 7.6 years. All participants underwent a baseline coronary calcium screening CT test at the start of the study.
Monitor Body Weight, Eat Right, Stay Active and Stop Smoking to Live Longer!
The researchers created a lifestyle scoring system ranging from zero (least healthy) to four (most healthy), based on adherence to four established practices including overall diet, weight as determined by BMI scales, intensity and amount of physical activity and smoking. Interestingly, only 29 (less than two percent) of the participants satisfied all four healthy criteria. The scientists found that those who adopted all four healthy behaviors had an eighty percent lower death rate over that time period compared to participants with none of the healthy behaviors.
Lowering the risk of death by eighty percent by adhering to four lifestyle practices is a common sense decision that should be adopted by every man, woman and child.
Dr. Ahmed concluded, “While there are risk factors that people can’t control, such as their family history and age… these lifestyle measures are things that people can change and consequently make a big difference in their health. That’s why we think this is so important.”
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