Everyone wants to live a healthy and long life but are we actually doing something which is really efficient for extending our lives. Actually No! as all of us are busy in making our living or doing parties and health is neglected everytime. Doing and paying some attention to the simple ways and habits that can add more years to your happy life. These are really simple though working methods.

Living in America is very risky if your daily diet includes dough nuts and beer. A good percentage of American population is addicted to this type of diet and we can’t forget smokers. They are the actual reason behind Americas treasure money. Obesity, blood pressure, diabetes and cancer are mostly found. According to some studies only 2.7 percent of Americans are nonsmokers. About 97 percent of American adult gets a zero on healthy lifestyle habits.

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What Can We Do to Extend Our Lives?

  1. Say no to smoking
  2. Healthy diet
  3. Moderate consumption of alcohol
  4. Regular exercise
  5. Controlling body weight

Ain’t they simple and not hectic at all, which will further increase your life expectancy.

What Experts Say?

Dr. Frank Hu who is the chairperson of the Harvard School of Public Health stated “Our findings have significant public health implications, because they demonstrate the great potential of diet and lifestyle changes in improving life expectancy,”

“These five things can empower every one of us to make a huge difference,” said by Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, who is the spokesperson of American Heart Association.

Steinbaum noticed and wrote that These Habits Are Realistic and including heavy exercise is not what expected. Brisk walking for less than 30 minutes will also lead to better results. “That isn’t a crazy amount of exercise,” Steinbaum said. “It doesn’t require you to join a gym.”

“These are some of the leading causes of premature death, so by preventing or reducing the incidence of those diseases, it promotes longevity, and it also improves survival after diagnosis of those diseases,” added Dr. Meir Stampfer.

A study has been conducted in order to explore whether these habits will add up to the benefits of healthy and extended life or not. The researchers worked upon the data from two big studies of U.S. Health Professionals. The study included 79,000 women and 44,300 men. The participants were asked to fill the questionnares made by professionals to analyze the pattern among citizens, whether those habits are efficient or not.

People tend to have a proper diet. For women only one drink per day and for men two drinks or less per day. Healthy body weight was preferred between 18.5 to 24.9 of Body Mass Index. No smoking and less exercise. The participants were tracked up to 35 years.

42,000 people died and out of which 14,000 were dead because of cancer and 10,700 due to cardiovascular disease. People who regularly adopted the above ways tends to have more 10 years of life. According to the research published in journal Circulation, sticking to the five ways will gift a woman 14 years and a man 12 years.

American lifestyle is influencing people all over the world but something that is good has something bad in it as well. From food habits to smoking habits America is on number one in the world either it’s about consumption or if it’s about production.

In 2015, trans fat which is found the most in commercial food were officially deemed by FDA to cause high cholesterol. Which is the leading cause of the heart disease in U.S. an average 54 gallons of carbonated soft drinks are consumed every year. McDonald’s sells an average of 75 hamburgers every second. $1200 are spent every year on fast food.

And now comes smoking which shows that 16 million Americans are living with a disease caused by smoking. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the U.S. And around 80,000 people die due to alcohol consumption in U.S. which is like 6 people every day. Teen alcohol use kills 47,000 people each year and drunk driving costs $199 billion every year. All this has led U.S. to lag in life expectancy. U.S. ranks on 31 in world for life expectancy according to World Health Organization.

Vaughan said “It looks like cigarette smoking has a more powerful effect than the other lifestyle changes or behaviors. Certainly, maintaining a reasonable body-mass index is a great way to protect oneself against the development of diabetes,”

In this world full of unknown disease and sudden deaths, surely we do not want to lose our precious life early. So better start think about this and develop the good patterns of living.


Micky James
Micky, one of the associate writers at The News Recorder has been taking care of all the space related coverage. He loves to write about the latest happenings in space, and before joining The News Recoder, James was a part of the editorial board of a local magazine.


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