Longevity: Five’modifiable’ habits that have been shown to keep you ‘disease-free’ as you get older.
OLD AGE BRINGS WISDOM, but it also brings new concerns, such as a higher risk of chronic disease.
According to a large study, five “modifiable” behaviors in middle age contribute to “disease-free status.”
There are numerous advantages to growing older.
Some of the most profound fruits are deep knowledge and meaningful relationships.
The process of aging is not kind to your health: age is a major risk factor for a variety of chronic diseases.
You can, however, take steps to reduce your risk of chronic disease as you get older.
This is the encouraging conclusion of a study published in the Frontiers in Public Health journal.
“Identifying leading determinants of disease-free status may provide evidence for action priorities,” the study authors wrote.
With this in mind, they used machine learning methods to find leading determinants, particularly “modifiable” factors, for “disease-free status.”
The researchers used data from the 45 and Up Study to enroll 52,036 participants aged 45–64 years old who were free of 13 predefined chronic conditions at the start of the study.
The 45 and Up Study is Australia’s largest ongoing health and ageing study, and it assists researchers in better understanding how Australians age.
Participants who were 45–64 years old at the start of the study and 55–75 years old at the end were considered disease-free.
The researchers examined the relationship between the number of leading modifiable healthy factors and disease-free status using machine learning methods to assess the importance of 40 potential predictors.
During a nine-year follow-up, about half of both men and women were found to be disease-free.
Body mass index, self-rated health, self-rated quality of life, red meat intake, and chicken intake were the top five leading predictors in both genders.
Body mass index, diets, smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity are all modifiable behavioral factors.
Participants with six or more modifiable health factors were more likely to stay disease-free and have more disease-free years than those with two or fewer factors.
The researchers wrote, “Non-behavioural factors such as low levels of education and income, as well as high relative socioeconomic disadvantage, were leading risk factors for disease-free status.”
“BMI, diets, smoking, alcohol consumption, and physical activity are key factors for disease-free status promotion,” they concluded.
“People with low socioeconomic status have a greater need for care.”
BMI is a measure of how healthy a person is.
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