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Healthy Ageing

A healthy diet and lifestyle significantly increases life expectancy

We all want to live longer, healthier lives, and a recent American study1 has illustrated just how important a healthy diet and lifestyle is to our longevity.

By reviewing data covering more than half a million people in 17 countries, the authors of the study identified five unhealthy lifestyle factors which seemed to account for around 60% of premature deaths – smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, poor diet and obesity.

They then honed in on these five factors to see how much they influenced the lifespan of more than 78,000 women and 44,000 men over a period of 34 years and 27 years respectively. The results are staggering.

The study defined the five low-risk lifestyle factors as:

  • not smoking
  • moderate alcohol intake – up to 150ml of wine per day for women, and up to 300ml per day for men
  • regular exercise – half an hour or more per day of moderate to vigorous activity
  • a healthy diet
  • normal weight – having a body mass index (BMI) under 25

They found that women who did not follow any of the five low-risk factors at age 50 had a life expectancy of 79 years, whereas those who adopted all five had a life expectancy of 93.1 years.

Men who did not follow any of the five low-risk factors at age 50 had a life expectancy of 75.5 years, whereas those who adopted all five had a life expectancy of 87.6 years.

Therefore, women who followed all five low-risk health habits lived an average of 14 years longer than women who followed none of them, and for men, this increase in life expectancy was 12 years.

The study shows that adopting a healthy diet and lifestyle can substantially reduce premature death and prolong life expectancy.

How to achieve a healthy diet and lifestyle

There is a vast amount of often conflicting information available, and it can be very confusing! As a qualified holistic nutritionist, it’s my job to remove the confusion and empower you to feel confident in your choices.

Whatever your health objectives are, I’ll develop a tailored plan for you with clear, achievable goals and simple, manageable steps to make changes in your diet and lifestyle and maintain your health as you age.

Together, we can work to create your optimal health and wellbeing for life!

References

  1. Li, Y., Pan, A., Wang, D. D., Liu, X., Dhana, K., Franco, O. H., … Hu, F. B. (2018). Impact of Healthy Lifestyle Factors on Life Expectancies in the US Population. Circulation, 138(4), 345–355. doi:10.1161/circulationaha.117.032047