Navigation Links
Four Unhealthy Behaviors Linked to Premature Death
Date:4/26/2010

People who smoke, drink, rarely exercise, and skimp on fruits and veggies die earlier than usual, study finds

MONDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of four unhealthy behaviors -- smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet and substantial alcohol consumption -- greatly increases the risk of premature death, a new study has found.

The study, published in the April 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, included 4,886 people, aged 18 or older, who were interviewed in 1984-1985.

"A health behavior score was calculated, allocating one point for each poor behavior: smoking; fruits and vegetables consumed less than three times daily; less than two hours of physical activity per week; and weekly consumption of more than 14 units [one unit equals 8 grams, or about 0.3 ounces] of alcohol (in women) and more than 21 units in men," wrote Elisabeth Kvaavik, of the University of Oslo, and colleagues.

Over an average follow-up period of 20 years, there were 1,080 reported deaths among study participants: 431 due to cardiovascular disease, 318 due to cancer and 331 due to other causes. Compared to those with no bad health habits, those with all four unhealthy behaviors were about three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease or cancer, four times more likely to die from all other causes, and had an overall death risk equivalent to being 12 years older.

"Modest but achievable adjustments to lifestyle behaviors are likely to have a considerable impact at both the individual and population level," the researchers concluded. "Developing more efficacious methods by which to promote healthy diets and lifestyles across the population should be an important priority of public health policy."

More information

The American Academy of Family Physicians has more about healthy living.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: JAMA/Archives journals, news release, April 26, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Most Americans Think Its Others Who Are Unhealthy
2. Taxing unhealthy foods may encourage healthier eating habits
3. Researchers recommend curriculum on unhealthy substance use
4. New study explores role of sexual, social behaviors in seniors well-being
5. Husbands hostile, anti-social behaviors increase wives symptoms of depression, researchers find
6. Program delivers healthy behaviors door-to-door
7. Preventive behaviors limited household transmission of H1N1 influenza during initial outbreak
8. UCSF study finds clinic-based HIV prevention is effective in reducing risk behaviors
9. Agricultural Chemical Spray Linked to Birth Defect Risk
10. 3 brain diseases linked by toxic form of same neural protein
11. Bad Behavior as a Kid Linked to Early Death in Men
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... Coco Libre, ... participation in Red Carpet Events LA GRAMMY’s Style Lounge Event. Coco Libre will offer ... to stay hydrated before the big event. The invitation-only gifting suite, held this year ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... Every winter, ... , This winter the West Penn Burn Center, part of the Allegheny ... #1, to bring you the “Space Heaters Need Space” campaign. , ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Vail knee specialist Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD was ... The list consists of physicians establishing, leading and partnering with ambulatory surgery centers across ... Ambulatory Surgery Center, also known as an ASC, is a modern health care facility ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... FLA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... Miami ... dental implants to their Miami dental office. Beginning in January, Miami Dental Specialists ... titanium. Miami Dental Specialists are the first office to be chosen by the dental ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Pass, OR (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 ... ... contains an article about foods choices that promote eye health. These articles generally ... vision health. Water and health advocate Sharon Kleyne endorses every one of these ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... 12, 2016   HeartWare International, Inc . (NASDAQ: ... webcast to discuss its financial results for the three ... February 25, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. ET.  The company ... conference call and webcast.  On the conference call and ... from the fourth quarter and business outlook.   ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ALISO VIEJO, Calif. , Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... patient enrollment in a study to evaluate the safety ... specifically for the treatment of ruptured intracranial aneurysms.  Prof ... Bicetre University Hospital, in Paris, France ... the first patient. France ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... 2016  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ARLZ ) ... will ring the Nasdaq Closing Bell at the Nasdaq ... at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, February 16, ... Adrian Adams , will perform the honorary bell ... p.m. ET.  A live webcast will be available at: ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: