Although immortality isn’t an option, why not live your life to the fullest? The oldest person in the world, Jeanne Calment, lived to be 122 years old; scientists believe the maximum human lifespan is 126 years old. Genes constitute about one-third of the factors leading to long life. The other two-thirds have to do with lifestyles and chance.
So, what can you do to live your life expectancy to the fullest? Flossing regularly can add 6.4 years to your life. Those without gingivitis and periodontitis have a mortality rate that’s 23% to 46% higher than those without the gum diseases. Drinking green tea regularly may cut cancer risk by 90 percent. Those who drink five or more cups of green tea daily have the lowest chances of dying from stroke or heart disease as well. Taking your vitamins can also increase your life expectancy. Vitamin D helps to strengthen the immune system, helps build bones, and lowers the risk of diabetes, cancer, high blood pressure, and heart and kidney disease.
Don’t forget about your friends and family. Being social cuts your risk of an early death in half. A lack of social relationships was equivalent to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day. Having close social relationships may be more beneficial to longevity than pneumonia vaccines and hypertension drugs.
Lastly, do as your mother told you and eat your vegetables. Vegetarian men live an average of 9.5 years longer than men who eat meat. Women who become vegetarians live an average of 6.1 years longer, than meat-eating women as well. Stay active, continually productive men and women lived much longer than their more laid-back peers. So, although we can’t live forever, we can increase our chances for living a longer, healthier lives with just a few steps.
To learn more about how to get the most out of your life expectancy check out the infographic below:
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