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A healthy way of life | It is the sum of life style factors that counts
A healthy way of life is not something that stands or falls with one thing, conludes a Korean study published in the Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health. Ultimately, it is the sum total of lifestyle factors that makes a way of life healthy. Or unhealthy.
The researchers tried to find associations between the risk of death and the lifestyle of the study participants. The researchers knew the lifestyle of those study participants because the men had completed standardized questionnaires when the study began.
This included questions about their education, BMI, insulin resistance, sleeping habits, amount of physical activity, and smoking and drinking habits.
The most important factor was age, the second most important was smoking. Smokers were almost 2 times more likely to die than non-smokers.
For virtually all other factors, their effect was small.
All lifestyle factors
"When combined, there was a strong trend towards increased mortality risk as the score increased. This finding suggests that modifiable risk factors, such as smoking, drinking, and physical activity, have considerable impacts on premature mortality."
"Interventions for patients at a high risk of premature mortality should stress various preventative measures that consider combined health behaviors."