Make four changes to live longer life

January 8, 2008 1:28:13 PM PST
Living longer may be as easy as making four changes to your daily routine.

A British team of researchers say those changes could add more than a decade to your life. They studied the lifestyles of 20,000 people over a 10-year period and found that those who ate five servings of fruits and vegetables daily, were physically active, did not smoke, and drank alcohol in moderation lived an average of 14 years longer than people who didn't make those behaviors part of their lifestyles. That's regardless of socio-economic background or weight.

Not smoking had the biggest benefit, which led to an 80 percent improvement in health.

Researchers say the results show people can feel health benefits with even with the smallest changes.

You can learn more about the study in the Journal of Public Library of Science Medicine.