Lifestyle factors that predict longevity

mathias-sager-longevity-mount-kazbek-georgia1531917__340Geographical and behavioral differences are relevant for how long people live. For example, in an Abkarsian population of Georgia the chance for a citizen of reaching the age of 100 years was 13 times higher than the expectancy in the UK or the US. Weg (1983) found the following factors to be relevant for explaining the phenomenon:
  • There may have been a local gene pool of relevance
  • They have disciplined work routines
  • Their diet is low in saturated fat and high in fruit and vegetables
  • They do not smoke or drink alcohol
  • They are close-knit, with good social support
  • Reported levels of stress are low

However, the interpretation of correlations between such findings and other factors are difficult. But generally, the following 7 lifestyle factors found by many studies contribute to longevity (Laureate Education, 2014):

  • Sleeping 7 – 8 hours per day
  • Having breakfast regularly
  • Not smoking
  • Not eating between meals
  • Being near to medically-advised weight
  • Moderate alcohol use (or abstinence)
  • Taking regular exercise
I really think just these big 7 health habits are the ones everyone needs to consider and fine-tune to his/her personal situation, condition, and preference. Feasible, no? Or easier said than done?:-)
  • Agree!!!
    I know that when I lived in Colorado, I walked ALOT!!! I ate healthier, I was outside in the fresh air more. I do believe that certain geographical areas have a higher rate of life expectancy and a healthier population altogether. I live in a city now and it’s not as easy to just go out for a walk. We can, but it’s easier to get in your car and go..stop at a fast food place or make something quick at home. etc. and so on.

    • Yes, I make a similar experience in Tokyo. Even more important to consciously take the decision to find possibilities for walking; it is possible almost everywhere. For me exercise is the foundation for the other healthy habits. If I walk my body more naturally asks for healthy food:-), for example. Happy walking:-), I hope! Take care

      • You’re right!
        To keep fit I usually do crossfit but I’m under restrictions from my doctor for this month so that’s out. He did say I could go walking…I’m used to intense workouts so walking it is. lol!