Health habits that can help a 40-year-old increase their life span by six years

The analysis, which was based on almost 50,000 Japanese people over 20 years, found healthy behaviours have a marked effect on life span.

(Amanda Killelea/ Yahoo News) — Adopting a healthier lifestyle can add years to your life… even in your 80s, according to new research.

Cutting back on alcohol, not smoking, losing weight and increasing sleep produce the biggest gains, say scientists.

They increased longevity by six years in healthy 40-year-olds – with benefits even more prominent in those twice the age.

What’s more, these beneficial effects even applied to people with life-threatening illnesses including cancer, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney disease. (…)

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