In an article in the Medical News Today online journal, author Catharine Paddock discusses the results of a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health to analyze correlations between lifestyle and longevity.
No big surprises, other than the anticipated average life expectancy of women increased by 14 years, and for men, average life expectancy increased by 12 years. Dr. Frank B. Hu, the study's principal investigator, used data that tracked 120,000 women and men for over 25 years.
The five factors that the study looked at were ones deemed to be 'voluntary,' in that participants could work to change these habits, in contrast to genetic factors and the like.
These "five factors of health" were:
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Physical inactivity
- Poor diet
So, no surprise as to the what. But if you need help with the how of any of these factors, we can help hold you accountable. And we can develop exercise and eating plans that will get your lifestyle choices on the right track.