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Five Lifestyle Habits That Could Lead to Early Death

Five Lifestyle Habits to Break

Some bad habits are worse than others; in fact, some bad habits could shorten your life. In an effort to live a healthy long time, you may want to make a few changes to your lifestyle. Researchers looked at death risk and lifestyle factors, and here are the top five habits that could shorten your life:

  1. Cigarette smoking
  2. Being overweight
  3. Low physical activity
  4. Excessive alcohol use
  5. Low-quality diet

Do you have or do any of the above? Well it's time for a change, especially since researchers found that having all five of the risk factors increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease times eight; the risk of dying from cancer was three times higher and the risk of dying from any cause was four times greater.


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mtiger mtiger 8 years
I've done all 5 things, too...but now I'm eating healthier, getting on the elliptical 20 minutes a day, I've lost 24 pounds (16 more to go), I only drink one night on the weekend, and I'm trying to quit smoking!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 8 years
I can say (not proudly) that I've done all 5 things at one point or another in my life. Luckily I've cleaned up my act....mostly. Hopefully I won't keel over any time soon.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
what if i don't have any of those bad habits? i guess i need to realize that i'm sure that i have a lot of others that aren't the BEST and maybe break those?
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Thanks law, baby steps is best. I am fearing the winter - I do not think I can do my walks outside this year again; so I am buying some equipment to continue my fitness quest.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
bella, I crack up EVERY time I see your avatar. I love it. On this topic, I drink too much and don't exercise enough. I have started taking the dog for a 30 min walk every morning before work, because I am always too tired when I get home at night. Baby steps!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
bethiesny, that is interesting that you share that. Most people think that overweight people just don't care. I hope when you find out solutions, you will share them.
bethiesny bethiesny 8 years
I think it's hard to classify "being overweight" as a "habit." I'm overweight, watch what I eat, work out every day, and have completed three half marathons. I can't seem to drop any weight, and am seeing some specialists to find out what's going on. So while I agree that smoking and drinking are habits, I don't think being overweight falls into the same category. At least not for everyone.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 8 years
I would also add being born, because that increases your risk of death by any cause by 100% lmao but in seriousness, I had all 5 of those. I am trying to quit smoking, have started eating healthier and exercising to lose weight, and i can't drink alcohol for the next fwe months because of a medication i am on so, yeah, im good! lol, or, i will be!
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
im gonna add being UNDERWEIGHT. a lot of girls just don't eat at all, or only eat one thing a day that's not even healthy. it should be about enjoying food, being toned and healthy. unless you're making a career out of your waif like forced physique, you'll regret it later when you have heart problems.
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