When's Your Number Up? HOW TO LIVE LONGER..OR NOT

The Mirror (London, England), August 18, 2011 | Go to article overview

When's Your Number Up? HOW TO LIVE LONGER..OR NOT


Byline: STEVE MYALL

WATCHING TV for six hours a day can knock five years off your life.

But, fear not, at least half that time can be regained with a mere 15 minutes exercise a day, says new research.

The average life expectancy in the UK is just over 80 years but a whole host of factors could add to that figure - while others reduce your prospects of longevity.

+10 YEARS

GETTING MARRIED

IF they tie the knot, men live on average 10 years longer than unmarried men, while married women live about four years longer than singles, according to a Chicago University report. One theory is that men who marry adopt less risky and more healthy lifestyles.

+7 YEARS ATTITUDE

ADULTS with positive attitudes to ageing lived seven years longer than their negative peers. A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology investigated perceptions about ageing with questions such as, "Things keep getting worse as I get older," and, "I have as much pep as I did last year."

+8 YEARS HAVE SEX OR EAT LIKE AN ITALIAN

MEN who have sex three times a week can decrease their risk of heart attack and stroke by 50 per cent, say Dr Michael Roizen and Dr Mehmet Oz, in their book You: Being Beautiful. They say men who have 150 to 350 orgasms a year could live up to eight years longer, and regular sex could decrease general pain.

A heart-healthy Mediterranean diet with olive oil could also add 8.5 years to your life, say experts at Maastricht University who studied 120,000 men and women between 55 and 69.

+5 YEARS DRINKING WINE

MEN who drink up to half a glass of wine a day live almost five years longer than those who drink no alcohol and 2.5 years longer than those who drink beer and spirits, according to a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health published last year.

+3 YEARS EAT YOUR 5-A-DAY OR EXERCISE

APPLES, pears, cabbage and carrots contain substances that repair damage caused by ageing. A European nutrition study found eating your five-a-day can add three years to your life. And only 15 minutes of daily physical activity will do the same, says a study in Taiwan.

+2 YEARS SMOKE CIGARS

CUBA'S many centenarians claim their longevity is down to laying off alcohol, but indulging in coffee, cigars and sex. …

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