Over40.it, our new e-zine dedicated to you, a splendid over forty-years-old woman who looks at life as the best part is here and now.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Live 14 years longer

Make four lifestyle changes and you'll likely live 14 years longer than people who do none of these things.

That's the word from a 13-year British study led by Kay-Tee Khaw that involved more than 20,000 people who lived in the English county of Norfolk. They ranged in age from 45 to 79 and came from all walks of life, although they were overwhelmingly white. None had heart disease or cancer at the start of the study in 1993. In addition to individual interviews with each of the participants, the team tested every person's blood to measure vitamin C intake, an indicator of how much fruit and vegetables people eat. Each person was assigned a score of between 0 and 4--with one point give for each of the healthy behaviors.

So what are the four secrets to a longer life?
1. Don't smoke.
2. Eat five servings a day of fruits and vegetables.
3. Drink alcohol in moderation.
4. Exercise regularly 30 minutes a day.

Even when age, weight, income level and other factors that could affect the likelihood of dying were considered, those who had a score of 0 were four times more likely to have died during the study period, particularly from cardiovascular disease, reports Reuters. And that's not all. A person who had a score of 0 had the same risk of dying as someone with a health score of 4 who was 14 years older!

While much previous research has shown that these lifestyle habits do help us to live longer, healthier lives, this latest study from the University of Cambridge and the Medical Research Council is the first to actually quantify their combined impact, reports Reuters. Even small changes in lifestyle--starting to eat vegetables with dinner every night--can make a big difference to your overall health and longevity.

The lifestyle change that packs the biggest wallop is stopping smoking. Breaking this habit leads to an 80 percent improvement in health. This was followed in order by eating fruits and vegetables, moderate drinking and keeping active.

"Armed with this information, public health officials should now be in a better position to encourage behavior changes likely to improve the health of middle-aged and older people," the researchers wrote in the journal Public Library of Science Medicine.

--From the Editors at Netscape


----------------------------

These are the five-star reviewed products for stop smpking at drugstore.com, that reduce withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine craving, associated with quitting smoking:

#1

NicoDerm CQ Smoking Cessation Aid, Clear Patch, Step 1
3 Step Program
NicoDerm® CQ® is a three step program. You start with the highest level of medicine and gradually step down your dose. Reduce withdrawal symptoms, including nicotine craving, associated with quitting smoking

* CQ® Step 1 - 21 mg
* CQ® Step 2 - 14 mg
* CQ® Step 3 - 7 mg

If you smoke:

* more than 10 cigarettes per day: start with Step 1
* 10 or less cigarettes per day: start with Step 2

What is the NicoDerm® CQ® Patch and How is it Used?

NicoDerm® CQ® is a small, nicotine-containing patch. When you put on a NicoDerm® CQ® patch, nicotine passes through the skin and into your body. NicoDerm® CQ® is very thin and uses special material to control how fast nicotine passes through the skin. Unlike the sudden jolts of nicotine delivered by cigarettes, the amount of nicotine you receive remains relatively smooth throughout the 24 or 16 hours period you wear the NicoDerm® CQ® patch. This helps to reduce the cravings you may have for nicotine.


#2

Rite Aid Nicotine Polacrilex Gum, USP, 4 mg, Chewing Pieces
For those who smoke 25 or more cigarettes a day.


#3

Nicorette Nicotine Gum 2mg, Cinnamon Surge
For Those Who Smoke Less Than 25 Cigarettes a Day

#4

Commit Stop Smoking Lozenges, Cherry, 2 mg
New Cherry Flavor. From the makers of Nicorette® Includes User's guide. 2mg. for those who smoke their first cigarette more than 30 minutes after waking up. If you smoke your first cigarette within 30 minutes of waking up, use Commit 4mg lozenge.
Contains three Poppac™ containers of 24 each.
Free individualized stop smoking program Committed Quitters®.

#5

Endit Smokeless Inhalers, Full Flavor
End the urge when you can't smoke.
* Tobacco Free.
* Nicotine Free.
* Up to 60 Hours of Flavor.

Perfect for:
* Planes
* Trains
* Automobiles
* Office
* Home
* Restaurants
* Theaters
* Sporting Events

With normal use each Endit should last up to 30 hours. This may vary depending on the strength of inhaling.