Life Expectancy – the statistical age until which a person can be expected to live.
Some people worry about being struck by lightning, dying in an earthquake, or perishing in a plane crash. However, statistics show that your odds of falling victim to such random events are slim. The biggest threats of all stem from risks that we have some power to control.
Healthy People Live Longer
Many Americans die from natural causes such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Luckily, you can reduce your risk in these areas by exercising regularly, making healthy food choices, maintaining a healthy weight, and getting check-ups regularly.
Eating Yourself To Death
It is estimated that in the US, two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are either overweight or obese. Obesity is the silent killer, and can dramatically increase the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, kidney failure, and stroke. In order to avoid an early death and costly medical treatments, many of us need to change our eating habits.
Drink More Coffee
Drinking coffee may decrease your risk for cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer’s disease. (1) Take it easy: too much caffeine can trigger anxiety, insomnia, and decrease blood flow to the brain.
The antioxidants in berries, such as cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries can help you ward off heart problems, keep you mentally sharp, and ward off cancer. (2, 3, 4)
Consuming fewer calories slows your metabolism – studies found that people with slower metabolisms live longer. (5)
Drink Red Wine
Eat Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is a great source of flavonoids, which reduce oxidative cell damage caused by free radicals. Studies show that flavonoids in dark chocolate slow the aging process and prevent age-related disease. (8, 9)
Studies show that physical activity and exercise can help alleviate the negative impact of age on the body and the mind abound. Exercise combats stress and depression, reduces the risk of mortality, and may help lower blood pressure. (10, 11, 12)
Research has found that people with strong social relationships increase their odds of survival over a certain time period by 50%. Friendships help lower stress levels and influence us to take better care of ourselves. (13, 14)
Follow These Lifestyle Choices:
- Quit Smoking
- Maintain A Healthy Weight
- Exercise Regularly
- Eat Healthy
- Keep Your Mind Active
- Laugh Often
- Try To Remain Independent
The truth is: everyone is aware that they’ll probably live longer if they exercise, eat right, and don’t smoke. The trick is to get them to do what they already know they should. Take your life into your own hands – do more research on how to live a healthier life (try reading more of our articles) and follow through with it. You will be glad you did.