How to live longer: 5 habits in middle age that add 'disease-free' decades to your life

There are many studies that promote this positive message but one of the most notable to come out in recent years was published in the BMJ.

The study found maintaining five healthy habits – eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, not drinking too much alcohol, and not smoking—at middle-age – may increase years lived free of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

The study, led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, was a follow-up and extension of a 2018 study, which found that following these habits increased overall life expectancy.

“Previous studies have found that following a healthy lifestyle improves overall life expectancy and reduces risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, but few studies have looked at the effects of lifestyle factors on life expectancy free from such diseases,” said first author Yanping Li, senior research scientist in the Department of Nutrition.

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