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Health Habits That Make a Difference

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A recent study of more than 700,000 veterans shows the health habits that can add years to your life, the habits that really make a difference.

Eight Health Habits That Really Make a Difference

Here are the important 8 habits that could add years to your life:

  • Be physically active.

  • Don't smoke.

  • Don't get addicted to opioids.

  • Don't binge-drink on a regular basis.

  • Eat a healthy diet.

  • Manage stress.

  • Practice good sleep habits.

  • Maintain positive social relationships.

Would You Like to Live 21 to 24 Years Longer?

Men that adopt these habits by the age of 40, can expect to live 24 years longer than men that don't adopt these habits. Women can expect to live 21 years longer.

These interesting findings were presented at a meeting of the American Society for Nutrition, in Boston in late July, 2023.

Eight is Best, But 1 or 2 Still Helps

The presenter, Xuan-Mai Nguyen, said:

"We were really surprised by just how much could be gained with the adoption of one, two, three or all eight lifestyle factors. Our research findings suggest that adopting a healthy lifestyle is important for both public health and personal wellness. The earlier the better, but even if you only make a small change in your 40s, 50s or 60s, it still is beneficial."

Which Risk Factors Can You Eliminate?

  • Low physical activity, opioid use and smoking were associated with a 30% to 45% higher risk of death.

  • Stress, binge-drinking, poor diet and poor sleep habits were each individually linked to about a 20% increase in the risk of death.

  • Lonely people with little or no positive social relationships had a 5% increased risk of death.

While adopting the healthy lifestyle factors had a smaller impact for those who were older, that impact still was significant. Nguyen said:

"It Is Never Too Late to Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle."

Take care and BE HEALTHY!

CW Jasper

August 2023

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Gerald Hacker
Gerald Hacker
10. 8. 2023

Dr. Jasper, are there 8 steps healthy steps for a good mental well-being? It seems to me that today mental illness is at an all-time high and it does not seem to be addressed anywhere I have seen. As far as physical well-being, I whole heartily endorse your diagnosis, if that means anything coming from a layman like me!

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If I could give this 8 stars, I would to reflect the 8 healthy habits. Thanks!

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