Most sentient beings share the desire to live a long and healthy life.
However, there is no panacea for excellent health. Consistency, discipline, and healthy habits are required.
A new study identified eight such behaviours that can help postpone or avoid the onset of chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, as well as add decades to a person’s lifespan.
More than 700,000 veterans participated in the study conducted by health science specialists at the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Adopting all eight healthy lifestyle behaviors by middle age, defined as age 40, might add 24 years to a man’s life and 21 years to a woman’s.
We may all live longer, better lives, according to the authors, if we focus on lifestyle medicine, a young branch of medicine that attempts “to maintain optimal health and to prevent, treat, and reverse chronic illness across all life stages.”
The habits described below, when combined, emphasize the need of proper diet, good sleep hygiene, stress management, getting enough physical activity, and maintaining social ties.
1. Get going!
Regular exercise has numerous advantages. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise every week, with at least two or three days of strength training. Strength exercise is very helpful for elderly people to increase bone density and flexibility.
2. Preventing opioid addiction
Opioids are a highly addictive class of pain-relieving medications. Fentanyl is an excellent example. This synthetic opioid is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine.
It is licensed for the treatment of severe pain, generally following major surgery or advanced cancer discomfort.
3. Do not smoke
Smokers and those who live with them are more likely to get lung cancer and heart disease.
In Hong Kong, smoking rates have declined: it is estimated that only 9.5% of people now smoke cigarettes on a regular basis.
4. Control your stress
According to medical study, stress is responsible for up to 90% of illness and disease.
Chronic stress has numerous negative impacts, including insomnia, hair loss, headaches, and dangerous levels of inflammation.
5. Consume healthy
A healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle are inseparable. According to research, consuming more plant foods rather than processed meals reduces your risk of suffering serious illness.
This type of diet has seven scientifically proven benefits, including protecting heart health, improving the immune system, increasing energy, keeping the gut healthy, aiding in weight loss, warding off cancer, and avoiding and treating diabetes.
6. Get a good night’s rest
The recommended amount of sleep for a healthy adult varies, although most experts agree on seven to eight hours per night. It is eight to ten hours for teenagers.
Sleep deprivation is linked to poor eating habits and a higher body mass index (BMI).
Your bedroom should be devoid of electronic devices. No TVs. There will be no laptops. Also, if at all possible, no phones.
7. Maintain positive social connections
Strong social relationships protect against stress and the negative impacts of anxiety and depression. Maintaining friendships as we age helps to keep our minds sharp.
According to a new study by the American Academy of Neurology, isolated individuals have a considerably higher risk of brain shrinkage.
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