Developing healthy lifestyle habits will more than likely help us to live a longer life, it’s only natural.
As long as we don’t abuse our bodies, we won’t wear them out as quickly as they might otherwise have gone.
This has been shown scientifically, because experts have found that if you improve your health down at the cellular level, you are also improving your cellular age and decreasing its rate of decline.
On the other hand, it also makes sense that the opposite is true.
If you go about living an unhealthy lifestyle and abuse your health, damage which happens cell by cell can add up to an amplified rate of apparent aging.
So in essence you would be essentially speeding up the aging process, damaging your health and reducing your ability to live longer.
A connection Between Men’s Lifestyle Habits and Prostate Cancer
A research study carried out revealed a link between men’s lifestyle habits and their risk of prostate cancer.
The study involved thirty five men participating over a five year period and focused on the early diagnosis of prostate cancer.
This study revealed that by sticking to a healthy diet and exercising regularly helped improve the length of their ‘telomeres’.
Telomeres are the protective caps which can be found at the end of each chromosome that plays a crucial role in regulating the lifespan of cells.
The shortening of telomeres results in certain cells dying off earlier than they otherwise would if a healthier lifestyle was followed.
A number of the men that took part in the study made positive changes to their lifestyle by eating a healthy diet, exercising on a regular basis and took part in stress reduction activities such as meditation and yoga.
They also attended a support group.
The results that came about showed that these men were found to have a 10% increase in the length of their telomeres.
The control group also consisted of 25 men who didn’t make any changes to their lifestyle habits.
The telomeres of these men shortened in length by up to 3% and they also were diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer.
The findings of this study were later published in the Lancet Oncology.
An Unhealthy Lifestyle Could Lead to a Shorter Life
The number of occurrences of people suffering from chronic illnesses such as obesity, cancer, stroke, arthritis and heart disease is going up daily.
But most experts agree that these issues can nearly always be prevented or at least controlled through adopting new healthy lifestyle habits.
Along the lines of this claim, researchers from the University of Zurich ran a study on the effects of 4 various factors and how they affected their life expectancy.
These four factors were:
- Being sedentary
- Following an unhealthy diet
- Cigarette smoking
- Excessive alcohol consumption
Although each of these factors on their own contributes to a reduction in one’s life expectancy, combining them together has an even greater effect.
The conclusion of this study showed that a person whose lifestyle included all four of these risk factors had at least two times the mortality risk of those who did not involve any.
This finding was based on data gathered from a study of 16,721 people from the years 1977 to 2008.
As the data figures and the time frame related to this study were quite large, researchers consider the results to be quite conclusive.
The study also revealed that 75 year old individuals who didn’t take part in the four negative lifestyle choices had up to a 67% probability of surviving for the next ten years.
If you don’t currently follow a healthy lifestyle, it is worth having another look at those statistics and giving a bit of thought to whether or not you should make a few changes.