21 Ways, To Live a Longer Fuller Life

September 23, 2015

CNN has compiled 21 Ways to Live a Longer, Fuller Life:

 

1) You Got Married

A study by Duke University Medical Center researcher 4,802 people and found that those who were married through their middle decade were much less likely to have an early death. The study's researchers believe that having a partner throughout life's challenges make life much easier to deal with. 

 

2) You Don't Stress

A 2012 study from the British Medical Journal found that your chance of stroke and heart attack increase 20% when one suffers from chronic stress. 

 

3) You Look Young

A 2009 British Medical Journal study found that in 1,826 twins, the twin who looked older died before the younger looking twin. If their difference in age was large, the older twin was much more likely to die earlier than if the difference was smaller. Make efforts to look and feel healthy and you'll live longer as a result. 

 

4) You're Not Alone

Researchers from Brigham Young University found that loneliness and social isolation can be as life threatening as obesity. The researchers proposed that their study's findings prove that more positive psychology leads to better overall health, emotionally and physically. 

 

5) You've Traded White Bread for Whole Grains

A 2013 study from the United States National Institute on Aging found that older adults with a high concentration of polyphenois (found in grains) in their urine had a 30% reduced mortality compared to those with less. also a 2015 study from BMC Medicine found that high consumption of whole grains was associated with a lower risk of death from diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory causes, and other causes.  

 

6) You Know the Value of A Short Run

The journal of the American College of Cardiology found in a 12 year study that the ideal amount of a running a person should strive for is between 60 and 144 minutes a week, split into 3 jogs. The study found that those who stuck to this routine was much more effective that running for more intense, lengthier periods. 

 

7) You Are a Social Butterfly

Researchers at the University of Cambridge found that people who have a healthy social life are 50 % more likely to outlive those without. For comparison, social isolation has the same mortality risk as smoking and alcoholism!

 

8) You Aren't Apple Shaped

Having a large belly can double your risk of mortality. Even if your body mass index falls within the "healthy" range. A New England Journal of Medicine study of 350,000 Europeans found those with a waist greater than 47.2" for men and 39.4" for women doubled their risk of premature death. 

 

9) You Have A Sense of Higher Purpose

Do you feel like your life has meaning? The answer to this complicated question can lead to an increased life span. Volunteer, start a project, find something that makes you feel like you're making a difference. 

 

10) You're A Conscientious Person

People who live to 100 tend to have similar personality traits. They are open, extraverted, self-disciplined, and optimistic. These character traits lead to reduced lowers of harmful stress. 

 

11) Your Grandparents Lived Until They Were Very Old

Healthy aging is associated with 2 important factors, genetics and environment. Recent studies have found genetic variants and markers help predict one's longevity within 60 - 85% accuracy,  despite environmental factors. 

 

 12) You Aren't Obese

Those with a BMI over 35 have a 29% increased rick of death over those below 35. Crossing the 35 BMI level leads to chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. 

 

13) You Drink Alcohol (But Just a Little Bit)

Averaging more than 1 alcoholic drink a day for women and 2 drinks for men increases your risk of cancer, heart disease, and liver disease. But, having just a little bit of booze every day can extend your life. A Dutch medical study found that having slightly less than one daily serving of beer, wine , or liquor was associated with 36% lower risk of all causes of death and 34% lower chance of cardiovascular death. 

 

14) You Get The Right Amount of Sleep

A study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine found that those who slept around seven hours a night, every night, lived longer. 

 

15) You Eat Fish

Seafoods provide heart-health omega-3 fatty acids, which can help lengthen your life span. A recent study from the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at more than 2,600 adults and found those with the highest omega-3 blood levels reduced their overall chance of death by 27%, and also a 35% less chance of dying from heart-related issues. 

 

16) You Lift Weights

Lifting weights strengthens your body with lean muscle mass can help you live longer. Lifting weights helps your retain muscle mass as you age. This muscle mass will help you live longer. 

 

17) You Had a Child Later in Life

If you give birth to a child after the age of 33 chances are you will live longer than your friends who had their last child by age 29. A study published in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society found that women who gave birth after age 40 were four times more likely to outlive those who delivered 10 years earlier. 

 

18) You Took Care of Those Cataracts

From the American Academy of Ophthalmology, taking care of your eyes reduces your risk of mortality by 40%. The study's head researcher found the link between healthy vision and longer life can be attributed to improved mobility, emotional/physical well-being, optimism, and greater confidence. 

 

19) Your Dad Was a Little Older

According to a study from the National Academy of Sciences having an older father is a great indicator that you will outlive your peers.

 

20) You Never Smoked

According to the CDC, those who never smoked live about 10 years longer than those who have smoked. If you have smoked, the New England Journal of Medicine found that your chance of dying from smoke-related disease decreases by 90% just by quitting before age 40. 

 

21) You're Spiritual 

A 2011 study from the Journal of Religion & Health found that out of 92,000 women (including smokers, drinkers, and those who did/didn't exercise, those who attended one religious service each week were less likely to be depressed than those who did not attend a service. 

This list gives great recommendations for things to work on correcting and for things to keep an eye on while aging. 




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