Monday, January 7, 2008

Living Healthy Adds up to 14 Years to Life

A study conducted over a decade involving people from all walks of life purports to have found that a healthy lifestyle can add up to 14 years to one's life expectancy, regardless of wealth or social class.

The study, conducted by the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council in the county of Norfolk (England), was carried out between 1993 and 2006 and involved over 20,000 participants. The participants were overwhelmingly white and between the ages of 45 and 79. Those who exercised, drank moderately, ate plenty of fruits and vegetables and did not smoke lived longer than those who did. While this is not news, the actual number of years suggested (14) was.

There were several caveats to the findings, and I hate to just regurgitate information, so you can read the entire article if you are interested.

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