Healthy habits that could save your life

Lifestyle changes can reduce a person’s risk of dying.

Want to live a longer, healthier life? Who doesn’t! A new study from the Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Heart Disease at Johns Hopkins shows that four lifestyle changes can reduce a person’s risk of dying by 80 percent.

This large study included more than 6,000 people between the ages of 44 and 84. Researchers followed them for eight years. They learned that four specific lifestyle choices had a big impact on mortality rates:

1. Routine exercise
2. Maintaining a normal body weight
3. Being a nonsmoker
4. Following a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil

Those who adopted these lifestyle choices were 80 percent less likely to die from all causes over the time period than those who adopted none of the four habits. The lead author of the study, Haitham Ahmed, said, while “there are risk factors that people can’t control, such as their family history and age, these lifestyle measures are things that people can change and consequently make a big difference in their health.”

The one change that seems to have the biggest impact on longevity is to stop smoking.

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