18 YEARS — That is how much longer people live, on average, if they don’t smoke or binge drink, aren’t overweight, and eat well and exercise, compared with those who fall short in all five areas.
This new study reported in the medical journal PLOS Medicine was done with 90,000 participants. If you’re not a smoker or a big drinker, the best thing you can do for your health is make positive day-to-day decisions about diet and exercise. Think of it in terms of adding nearly two decades to your life. Those aren’t just extra years — with the right lifestyle they are better years too.
OBESITY LINKED TO RISK OF CANCERS
In case you haven’t been following the news it’s increasingly clear that carrying excess weight is carcinogenic. Last year the World Health Organization linked obesity — defined as having a body mass index of 30 or higher — to five cancers including colon and kidney.
Now, after reviewing 1,000 additional studies, WHO has added eight more cancers to the list: stomach, liver, gallbladder pancreas, thyroid, and several blood cancers.
There’s a simple physiological explanation: “Fat releases inflammatory substances, and it promotes cell growth,” say Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at the American Institute for Cancer Research. “So if you have cancer cells, fat creates an environment where they can really thrive.”
Credits: The above information is from the Men’s Journal November 2016 issue.