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Diabetes and cancer have always been among the leading causes of death worldwide, but luckily, there seems to be a fairly simple way to fight off the diseases. A recent study by an international research group published in the British Medical Journal identified the five habits of a healthy person that could extend a person's life by another 10 years and significantly reduce the likelihood of developing cancer, diabetes, or heart disease.

For the study, tens of thousands of British men and women were asked about their lifestyle in the 1980s. Questionnaires were sent out every two years asking participants whether they were diagnosed with serious illnesses. The answers enabled the researchers to identify the five habits that are required for a longer, healthier life.


If you read this website regularly, there is a good chance that you have already taken over most of it. They are:

Never smoke. Have a healthy body mass index of 18.5 to 24.9. Exercise moderately to vigorously every day for at least 30 minutes. Drink alcohol in moderation. * Healthy eating

* Moderate drinking was defined as three or fewer drinks per day for men and two per day for women.

Men and women who adopted at least four of these five habits lived an average of 10 years longer than those who did not. Most of them lived free from illness. The study found that a healthy lifestyle does not mean that people are impervious to disease. However, it would take longer for them to become infected with an illness than for unhealthy people. In addition, healthier people diagnosed with the disease lived longer after diagnosis than those who had an unhealthy lifestyle.


"We observed that a healthier lifestyle is associated with a lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as an increased overall life expectancy and an increased number of years that are free from these diseases," the researchers said in a statement to the UK National Health Services website.


There is concern about the number of diabetes and cancer cases around the world. According to the World Health Organization, the number of people with diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014, and the disease caused 1.6 million deaths in 2016. In 2012, 2.2 million deaths were due to high blood sugar.

In 2018, WHO reported one in six deaths worldwide due to cancer. Most cases are attributable to tobacco and alcohol consumption, lack of physical activity and a high body mass index. And that number is expected to only increase, the group's website says. Regarding heart disease, the WHO said cardiovascular disease is the # 1 killer of people worldwide, most of whom have been attributed to unhealthy lifestyle.

The researchers pointed out that the study could not definitely conclude that these lifestyle choices directly lead to longer lives, saying that other factors (such as genetics) may be involved. However, it is clear that not making certain decisions and treating your body properly will not hurt.



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