Healthy for the Long Haul

Canadian researchers have found that having a pattern of healthy habits in midlife has a strong influence on longevity and quality of life in the senior years. While the research may seem like a no-brainer, this study identified four key factors in successful aging and longevity. They included (and this should surprise no one!): not smoking, moderate drinking, regular exercise and eating fruits and vegetables.

The group of British men and women who exhibited these habits most consistently during a 16-year study period that began in middle age had a much higher survival rate in their senior years than men and women who did not practice these good life-long habits.

The findings were recently published in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association