Want to live to 100? How seven simple lifestyle steps could help you get there – free from disease

Many people could live to the age of 100 by following seven simple steps, according to a leading heart doctor.

Changes to lifestyle such as keeping a healthy weight, not smoking and controlling your cholesterol levels are an easy way to add an extra decade or more to your life span. 90 per cent of people could live to the age of 90 and even reach 100 by following below mentioned seven easy advice. The other steps are regulating blood pressure, managing diabetes, eating a healthy diet and getting active.

Achieving these seven simple lifestyle factors gives people a 90 per cent chance of living to the age of 90 or 100, free of not only heart disease and stroke but from a number of other chronic illnesses including cancer. The advantage of all these could be that the risk of early death will be reduced by controlling high blood pressure, which is known as the ‘silent killer’ because it has no symptoms.

By following these steps, we can compress life-threatening disease into the final stages of life and maintain quality of life for the longest possible time:

SEVEN LIFESTYLE CHANGES

1. GET ACTIVE: Inactivity can shave almost four years off a person’s expected lifespan. People who are physically inactive are twice as likely to be at risk for heart disease or stroke.

2. KNOW AND CONTROL CHOLESTEROL LEVELS: High blood cholesterol can lead to the build up of fatty deposits in your arteries – increasing your risk for heart disease and stroke.

3. FOLLOW A HEALTHY DIET: Eating a healthy diet including plenty of fruit and vegetables is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health.

4. KNOW AND CONTROL BLOOD PRESSURE: High blood pressure is often called a ‘silent killer’ because it has no warning signs or symptoms. By knowing and controlling your blood pressure, you can cut your risk of stroke by up to 40 per cent and the risk of heart attack by up to 25 per cent.

5. ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT:  either overweight or obese − major risk factors for heart disease and stroke. Being obese can reduce your life span by almost four years.

6. MANAGE DIABETES: Diabetes increases the risk of high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries), coronary artery disease, and stroke, particularly if your blood sugar levels are poorly controlled.

7. BE TOBACCO FREE: Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. As soon as you become smoke-free, your risk of heart disease and stroke begins to decrease. After 15 years, your risk will be nearly that of a non-smoker.

Healthy Living Messages


Be involved in your health care.  Take an active role.  Work with your health care team to improve your health.

Be physically active.  Avoid inactivity.  Aim for at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week.

Eat wisely.  Eat a variety of foods including vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.  Limit salt, fat, sugar, and alcohol.

Be Involved In Your Health Care

Be Physically Active

Eat Wisely

Strive for a healthy weight.  If you need to lose weight, losing even a little will help.  If you are of normal weight, maintain it.

Manage stress.  Pay attention to stress.  Learn about ways to help you manage and reduce your stress.

Be safe.  Find out how to prevent sexually transmitted infections, falls, and motor vehicle crashes.  Take action to protet yourself and those you love from harm.

Strive For A Healthy Weight

Manage Stress

Be Safe

Be tobacco free.  Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to improve your health and protect the health of your family members.  Don't use tobacco in any form.

Limit alcohol.  If you choose to drink alcohol, drink in moderation (women no more than 1 drink a day; men no more than 2 drinks a day).  Avoid "binge drinking."

Get recommended screening tests and immunizations.  Recommendations for preventative services depend on your age, gender, health status, and family history.  Ask which screening tests and immunizations are recommended for you.

Be Tobacco Free

Limit Alcohol

Get Recommended Screening Tests & Immunizations

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