Four ways to live 10 years longer

If you want to live longer, researchers in Switzerland have identified four easy steps to boosting your life expectancy by 10 years.

When the scientists analyzed the health of more than 16,000 people over the course of 16 years they found that four healthy lifestyle habits could cut your biological age by a decade.

The four factors include:

  • Healthy diet: Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables while limiting processed foods reduced the chances of dying during the study by 15 percent.
  • Getting plenty of exercise: Those people who were most active had a 15 percent lower mortality.
  • Do not smoke: Smokers in the study had a 57 higher risk of dying during the 16 year study.
  • Do not drink alcohol in excess: Controlling alcohol intake shrank the risk of dying by about 15 percent.

The research demonstrated that people who smoke, drink too much, never exercise and eat too much junk food had a 2.5 fold higher risk of dying in the years of the study than folks who had healthier lifestyles.

According to researcher Eva Martin-Diener, “A healthy lifestyle can help you stay ten years younger.”

 

Carl Lowe

By Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.