What did the researchers find out?
Disease-free status was found in about half of both men and women during a mean nine-year follow-up.
The five most common leading predictors were body mass index, self-rated health, self-rated quality of life, red meat intake, and chicken intake in both genders.
Modifiable behavioural factors including body mass index, diets, smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity.
Participants having six or more modifiable health factors were more likely to remain disease-free and had more disease-free years than those having two or fewer.