Sunday, March 30, 2008



Take Care of Yourself and you may live past Ninety

While many think it’s just luck or good genes that determine how long we live, a new study found that our choices have more to do with living past 90 than we may have thought.

The study consisted of 2,300 healthy male subjects and followed them for a quarter of a century. The study started in 1981, when the men were around age 72.

970 of the men lived into their 90’s. The secret? Not smoking, regular exercise, weight management, blood pressure control and avoiding diabetes were all huge factors in living past 90.

Smokers were twice as likely to die before 90, as compared to non-smokers. Those with diabetes were 86 percent more likely to die before age 90. Obese men were 44 percent more likely to die before 90. Those who exercised reduced their chances of dying before age 90 by 20 to 30 percent.

Health experts weren’t stunned by these results. It makes perfect sense that those who take care of themselves by not smoking, eating well, not contracting diabetes, exercising and other healthy habits would live longer.

The message is simple: take care of yourself and enjoy life well into old age.




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