Active Elderly Live a Long Life

by Anne Trueman on  September 20, 2012 at 12:06 PM Health Watch   - G J E 4
Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help elderly people who are in their 70s lead a long life.
 Active Elderly Live a Long Life
Active Elderly Live 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.

Source: Medindia

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