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It's a fact that the choices we make in our lives can have a huge impact on how long and how well we love. Studies found that bad behaviors such as – smoking, excessive drinking, not exercising and not eating enough fruits and vegetables can age you faster and jostle you into an early grave.
Making few changes in your lifestyle can help you live longer and healthier. Here are a few tricks that'll add years to your life:
You don't overeat
If you want to live longer, you'll probably need to leave a little bit of food on your plate. Researchers have confirmed that eating less can help you age slower and lower production of T3, a thyroid hormone that affects various physiological processes, including metabolism and speeds up the aging process.
You aren't obese
If you are obese and have a BMI of 35 or higher, chances are that you have a 29% increased risk of death over normal-weight individuals, according to a 2013 review of more than 100 studies published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Being overweight also increases your risk of chronic conditions like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
You don't drink too much
One alcoholic drink a day for women and two for men can actually be good, as per research. However, more than that could be detrimental for your health - weight gain, cancer, liver disease, heart disease.
You exercise every day
Studies have shown that regular physical activity reduces a person's risk of death from cardiovascular disease. A 2008 study also found that regular high-intensity exercise (such as running) can add up to four years to your life. Regular exercise is critical for heart health and longevity.
This might come as a bonus point for married people. A 2013 study by Duke University Medical Center published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine suggested that being married reduces the risk of premature death in midlife.