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Adopting these 5 healthy habits can add years to your life

Tlive longer with healthy habitshe advice isn’t new: adopt a healthy lifestyle for a better quality of life. But new research from Harvard shows five key healthy habits can actually help you live more than 10 years longer.

Researchers in Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health compared U.S. men and women’s health habits over 30 years. They found that those who maintained the following healthy habits were 82 percent less likely to die from heart disease and 65 percent less likely to die from cancer:

  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Not drinking too much alcohol
  • Not smoking

Researchers projected the life expectancy at age 50 for those who didn’t adopt healthy lifestyles to be 43.1 years for women and 37.6 years for men. But for those who kept up all five healthy habits, women gained an additional 14 years and men 12 years.

Even adopting one healthy habit reduced the risk of death, so each additional lifestyle improvement added more years of life.

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