New study points to key role of healthy behaviors in longer life expectancy

Powerful proof of the efficacy of lifestyle medicine’s tenets was recently published in the Circulation Journal, where study authors concluded that adoption of a healthy lifestyle by US adults can substantially reduce premature mortality and prolong life expectancy

Five low-risk lifestyle factors were identified, including:

  • never smoking
  • at least 30 minutes daily of moderate physical activity
  • moderate alcohol intake
  • a high quality diet
  • body mass index (BMI) of 18.5-24

At age 50, adults who adopted all five of these factors had a life expectancy of  43.1 years for women and 37.6 years for men.

By contrast, adults who adopted none of the low-risk lifestyle factors had a life expectancy at age 50 years of 29 years for women and 25.5 years for men.

Read more about the study here: Healthy Lifestyle Impact on Life Expectancies.