Adopting a healthy
lifestyle can help elderly people who are in their 70s lead a long life.
A research done in
elderly people in their mid-seventy and above have showed that refraining from
smoking, exercising regularly and indulging with friends and family can result
in long life.
The study was
published in BMJ and involved about 1,800 volunteers who were observed for 18
years from mid 1980's.
By resorting to
health-promoting habits, the average life span of females was enhanced by five
years and that of males by six years.
The study is first of
its kind to recognize specific lifestyle behaviors related with increased life
span, in spite of chronic health problems.
The scientists from
Sweden's Karolin The Scieska Institute and Stockholm University said, "Our
results suggest that encouraging favorable lifestyle behaviors even at advanced
ages may enhance life expectancy."
The study concluded that physical activity is
the biggest predictor of longevity. People who exercised regularly lived an
average of two extra years as compared to people who resorted to sedentary
lifestyle. Thus, Healthy Behaviors=Long life and it is never too late to shift
to healthy habits.