Who doesn’t want to live healthy and long?
And now it is very much possible to increase your life spam by a decade, if you take care of some factors.
“While hypertension is the number one cause for death throughout the world, many lifestyle changes, such as better diet and exercise, can affect this diagnosis to varying degrees, especially based on regimen and adherence,” Parrish said.
A healthy diet
What you eat is directly linked with how well you will live. Thus, selection of food is one of the most important factors for a healthy lifestyle.
“Foods that are high in fiber have been studied extensively for the benefits that they provide when it comes to cardiovascular health, including blood pressure regulation,” said Shelley Wood, MPH, RDN, a clinician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in California.
Additionally, legumes, such as lentils, beans and peas have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol level, and high blood pressure.
Those who avoid foods high in sugar, sodium, saturated fat and refined carbs, can preserve the functioning and health of their heart.
“It’s especially important to avoid these foods if you have high cholesterol. If you’re contemplating eating a food that is high in sugar, salt, or fat, your best bet is to choose something else,” she said.
Wood also tells that optimizing the caloric intake and reaching or maintaining a moderate or ideal weight and waist measurement into middle age are “the single most important ways to reduce risk for diabetes as well as participating in regular physical activity and avoiding smoking.”
Smoking and obesity effects
As per the study, men who smoked heavily(15 or more cigarettes a day) had the most chances of chronic diseases.
And in women, those with BMI of 30 or more were at the highest risk.
“We looked at five lifestyle factors: eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy body weight, not drinking in excess, not smoking, and being physically active. They’re all important. But for smokers, the most important thing for them to do, of course, is to stop smoking. For people who are obese, it’s important to lose weight and maintain a healthy body weight,” Hu said.
“The one single thing anyone who smokes can do is simply quit and reduce risk of disease and death by double digits, which is seen through this study. The effect appears to be greater the longer an ‘ever-smoker’ remains no longer smoking,” Parrish said.
“In the first 1 to 10 years after quitting, the risk of heart disease and lung cancer drops, and by 15 years, the risk of each is near that of a nonsmoker,” she added.
As per a new research, there are five lifestyle factors that significantly increase the number of years you live without experiencing chronic health issues.
Experts emphasize that the most influential of these are not smoking and maintaining a moderate body weight.