We live in a world of massive advances. Antibiotics can cure most known infections, MRI scans can diagnose the tiniest of problems, heart bypass machines can allow heart surgery to take place and so much more. We should be living until we are 120! But instead of benefiting from all these advances, we seem to be trying to kill ourselves off with our lifestyle habits.
Did you know that our lifestyle influences the top 5 causes of premature death?
- heart disease
- lung disease
- liver disease
But let’s look at the sunnier side now. Because we now know that the top five things that could finish us off early can be largely avoided! We have the power to potentially change our future….
Here are a few ways to add years to your life.. and probably life to your years too!
Ok – this is a bit obvious and the 1 in 5 of us who still smoke may be a bit irritated by yet another bit of preaching… but the good thing is, if you are a smoker and nail this one, you can add an extra 10 years in one fell swoop! Because smokers die on average 10 years earlier than their non-smoking counterparts.
Tackle your weight
One in 4 of us are obese which can knocks 6-8 years off our life due to its association with diabetes, heart disease and more. And it’s especially an issue if that weight is all around your waist.
Eat like you are on holiday
…a healthy holiday though! The sort of food favoured in the Mediterranean can add a good 3 years to your life. That’s not cheese-laden pizza and Italian ice-cream though – we’re talking about a diet including nuts, olive oil, fresh fruit and veg, fish and whole grains.
Get off your backside
Sitting has been dubbed the new smoking as sitting for too long is associated with heart disease, diabetes and more. Sitting for less than 3 hours a day may add 2 years to your life according to some studies.
Being lonely is apparently as bad for health as smoking 15 a day, so value your friends.
And if you are being super-sociable – sex with a trusted partner – you may benefit even more. Apparently sex twice a week or more halves risk of premature death compared to sex less than once a month!
So, living longer doesn’t have to mean misery. We can have fun whilst adding years to our lives.