Everybody agrees that a healthy way of life contributes to the quality of life. There are also some scientific data that show that a healthy way of life contributes to a significant extension of life. This was proven by one more study carried out on 20,000 people aged 45-79 years old, from Great Britain. At the beginning of the study, the participants were absolutely healthy. The researchers monitored them for more than ten years and tried to correlate their habits with life expectancy. The first factor that the researchers studied was smoking. The 20,000 participants were asked a simple question: Do you smoke? If the answer was yes, that person was considered a smoker. If the answer was no, they were considered non-smokers. Unfortunately, the study does not study the quantity of smoking. It didn't measure the effect of different amounts of cigarettes a day. The second question was about exercise. In this case, the researchers asked the participants if they had a sedentary job, as most people sitting all day in the office have, and if they exercised regularly. If the participants answered that they had a sedentary job and didn't exercise regularly, the researchers noted a lack of physical activity. The third question was about alcohol. The alcohol limit set by the researchers was 14 alcohol units a week. One alcohol unit equals a can of beer, a small glass of wine or one shot of distilled alcohol. If the participants answered that they consumed up to 14 alcohol units, their consumption was considered acceptable, namely it didn't exceed the limit set by the researchers. The last question was about the consumption of fruits and vegetables. The researchers measured the levels of vitamin C in the blood and they defined that vitamin C over a certain amount in the blood meant that the person consumed at least five portions of fruits and vegetables a day, which is sufficient. The table you see shows the possibility that someone has died from any cause in correlation with the healthy habits in their way of life. If someone follows all four healthy habits in their daily life, the possibility of dying in the following years is very small. If they follow three of these habits, compared to the ideal case, the possibility of dying in the following years is 50% higher. Respectively, if they follow only two out of four, the possibility of dying in the following years is 90% higher, namely almost double. If they follow only one of them, the possibility of dying is 149% higher. Finally, if they don't follow any healthy habits, the possibility of dying is 241% higher. In years, this is translated as 14 more years of life, if all healthy habits are followed in the way of life compared to following none of them. Therefore, these four really significant factors can play an important role in living more as well as better years. I'll repeat them, so that you can remember them. No smoking, up to 14 alcohol units a week, regular physical activity during work or free time, and at least five portions of fruits and vegetables a day. Of course, these are the expected recommendations given by every doctor. However, when we see their effect in practice, with numbers, their value is obvious. Now you know what you should do. Thank you!

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