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10 Things That Can Take A Year Off Your Life

ivana November 19, 2013 Comments Off




Here’s a fun thought: every day you might be doing something that is slowly killing you. Here’s a list of those kind of things.

1. Smoking & Drinking

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Gotta start with the classic. According to one recent study, men who drink and smoke regularly live, on average, 10-15 years less than those who partake in neither. But then again, I’m sure your mom already told you that.

2. A Traumatic Childhood

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According to several studies, people with “adverse childhood experiences” live an average of 20 years less than those who had a more comfortable childhood.

3. Sitting Too Much

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A 14 year study showed that sitting too much (even after working out) increases the death-rate of men and women by 30%. The reason for this is not only because you are less active but also because sitting slows circulation and suppresses the immune system.

4. Diabetes

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Researchers reported recently that people with diabetes are 25% more likely to get cancer and more than 50% more likely to get heart disease than people without diabetes. On average, those with diabetes die 6 years earlier than those without.

5. Pollution

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A study done by the Environmental Audit Committee in the UK reported that in the worst cases, people could die up to 10 years early as a result of pollution and the complications it brings.

6. Not Finishing Highschool

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According to census data, people with less than 12 years of education can expect to live 7 years less than those with more than 12 years of schooling.

7. Being Overweight

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A study conducted over the course of 50 years showed that simply being overweight (not even obese) at age 40 could take up to 3 years off your life.

8. Too Much TV

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A six year study showed that adults who watch more than 2 hours of TV a day are “80 percent more likely to die from heart disease and 46 percent more likely to die from any cause.” But how else can I watch Teen Mom marathons?

9. Red Meat

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People who consume a large amount of red or processed meat are 50% more likely to get heart disease than those who don’t touch the stuff.

10. Not Getting Enough Sleep

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According to UK and Italian researchers, men and women who regularly get less than 8 hours of sleep die an average of 3 years earlier than those who sleep 8 hours each night.



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