How Diet, Exercise, and Weight Management Can Add a Decade to Your Life
Now a recently published study has concluded there are lifestyle factors that can increase your odds of reaching an older age without chronic health issues.
There’s been plenty of research on lifestyle choices, such as smoking, physical activity, drinking habits, weight management, and diet, that affect our overall life span and likelihood of experiencing chronic diseases.
However, few studies have looked at how a combination of these factors relate to a long life free of disease.
5 crucial health factors
The low-risk lifestyle factors used to calculate a healthy lifestyle score included:
At least 30 minutes of daily physical activity
Moderate alcohol intake
Maintaining a moderate weight (defined as a BMI less than 25)
A good quality diet
Diet is key
Being selective in what you eat is one of the most important lifestyle factors.
“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,” Shelley Wood, MPH, RDN, a clinician at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in California, told Health line.
Wood explains these foods are plant-based and include whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Additionally, legumes, such as beans, lentils, and peas, have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, high cholesterol level, and high blood pressure.
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