Lifespan up with adoption of four healthy lifestyle behaviors

Lifespan up with adoption of four healthy lifestyle behaviors

(HealthDay)—Adoption of four healthy lifestyle behaviors is associated with increased lifespan for men and women, according to a study published online May 31 in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

Susanna C. Larsson, Ph.D., from the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and colleagues examined differences in survival times associated with a healthy versus a less in a study involving 33,454 men and 30,639 women aged 45 to 83 years, free of cancer and cardiovascular disease at baseline. Healthy lifestyle factors included nonsmoking, physical activity (at least 150 minutes/week), alcohol consumption (0 to 14 drinks/week), and , with a modified Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Diet score above median.

Based on linkage to the Swedish Cause of Death Register, the researchers identified 8,630 deaths among men and 6,730 deaths among women during follow-up from 1998 to 2014. There was an inverse correlation for each of the four healthy lifestyle factors with all-cause mortality and increased survival time. For individuals with all four healthy behaviors, the multivariable hazard ratios for all-cause mortality were 0.47 and 0.39 in men and women, respectively, compared to individuals with no or one healthy lifestyle factor. This corresponded to a difference in survival time of 4.1 and 4.9 years in men and women.

"This finding underscores the importance of adopting and maintaining healthy behaviors for increased lifespan," the authors write.


Explore further

Healthy lifestyle may cut stroke risk in half for women

More information: Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)
Journal information: Journal of Internal Medicine

Copyright © 2017 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Lifespan up with adoption of four healthy lifestyle behaviors (2017, June 7) retrieved 18 October 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-06-lifespan-healthy-lifestyle-behaviors.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
6 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more