Bad Habits Can Really Age You, Say Researchers

It is possible to fall into bad habits over the years, such as a sedentary life, poor quality diet, smoking and excessive drinking over the years. These bad habits can have a cumulative impact on a person’s health that may age a person prematurely by as much as 12 years according to a recent study.

Researchers tracked five thousand adults over a period of two decades to examine the impact of risky behavior had on their lives. The lifestyles of sedentary people, who ate few veggies or fruit, drank and smoked, were compared with people with healthier habits.

It was seen that those who were non-smokers, ate lot of fruit and vegetables, were non drinkers and non smokers, lived 12 years longer on an average.

Such behaviors were seen to as much as quadruple risk of death.

“Overall, 314 people studied had all four unhealthy behaviors. Among them, 91 died during the study, or 29 percent.

Among the 387 healthiest people with none of the four habits, only 32 died, or about 8 percent,” the study was quoted as having found.

Though the study tells us nothing that we don’t already know it could be a nudge in the right direction for many of us!

Source: Time Blog