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Habits to help you be healthier and live longer

Habits to help you be healthier and live longer

Image features Dr. Madhavi Gajjar and David King from Circular1 Health

Living a healthy life longer is attainable, as with everything it needs to be worked on. Ideally with a daily regime to ensure a long and disease-free life. Fear not, it doesn’t mean having to live a rigorous and deprived life. We recommend four essential habits to include in your everyday life to help boost your longevity.

Incorporate some form of daily exercise. Getting at least 30 minutes of physical activity in a day will help to ensure a healthier life by keeping the bones, muscles, and joints healthy. Exercising also helps to reduce the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and osteoporosis.

Get enough sleep. A study of nearly 40,000 people showed that for people younger than 65, getting an average of five hours or less of sleep per night over the weekend increased the odds of death by 52 percent, compared with getting at least seven hours of sleep. Various processes are at work when a person gets their adequate amount of sleep per night which helps to keep the cardiovascular system to the brain function at its best.

More vegetables and less meat. Plant-based diets are rich in essential nutrients which are believed to safeguard against obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and heart disease boosting one’s longevity. Adopting this type of diet in your life is also associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

Practice good oral health. The mouth is effectively a gateway into the body for a large number of micro-organisms, which can cause infection in organs throughout the body. These microbes are usually linked with gum disease, tooth decay, and abscesses in the mouth. When such dental conditions are left untreated, the microbes can spread throughout the body either via the digestive tract or through the bloodstream. At its worst, the inflammation associated with periodontal disease may, in turn, increase inflammation throughout the body, leading to diseases such as osteoporosis, which is linked to periodontal bone loss; or rheumatoid arthritis, being the destruction of connective tissue similar to the tissue degeneration found in gum disease. In addition it has long been known that gum disease can increase the risk of poor glycaemic control, thereby increasing the severity of diabetes. Similarly, the chronic inflammation found in gum disease had been associated with the development of cardiovascular problems such as heart disease, blockages of blood vessels and stroke.

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