WEB DESK: Everyone wishes to live a long and healthy life but sometimes our own habits accelerate our journey towards death. Scientists have drawn up a new list comprising of six factors that raise a person’s risk of an early grave.
A person who has all six bad habits is more than five times as likely to die during a six-year period as one who is very clean-living, the journal PLOS Medicine reports.
Studies conducted earlier had identified important risk factors such as alcohol consumption, poor diet, inactivity and smoking which reduce lifespan.
But now scientists have included two novel indicators, sedentary behaviour – the amount of time spent sitting – and getting too much or too little sleep.
More than 230,000 people aged 45 and over took part in the six-year study.
Dr Melody Ding, from the University of Sydney, said: ‘To examine specific patterns of lifestyle risk behaviors, 96 variables – representing all possible mutually exclusive combinations of smoking, high alcohol intake, physical inactivity, poor diet, prolonged sitting, and short/long sleep duration – were created.
The new study comes after US researchers warned last month that excessive TV watching is linked to eight of the major causes of death, including cancer, liver disease and Parkinson’s.
Source: DAILY MAIL