CDC Report Finds People Live Longer if They Practice One or More Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors
People can live longer if they practice one or more healthy lifestyle behaviors – not smoking, eating a healthy diet, getting regular physical exercise, and limiting alcohol – according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
During the study period, people who engaged in all four healthy behaviors were 63 percent less likely to die early, compared to people who did not practice any of the behaviors. Not smoking provides the most protection from dying from all the causes examined.
“If you want to lead a longer life and feel better, it is important to adopt healthy behaviors – not smoking, getting regular physical activity, eating healthy, and avoiding excessive alcohol use” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.
People who engaged in all four healthy behaviors were 66 percent less likely to die early from cancer, 65 percent less likely to die early from cardiovascular disease, and 57 percent less likely to die early from other causes compared to people who did not engage in any of the healthy behaviors.