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3 Factors That Can Predict Your Life Expectancy

There are many factors that can affect your life expectancy. The following are some factors you can affect that can lengthen your life expectancy and improve your quality of life.

Your life expectancy can be predicted by many factors including your genetics, your age, your lifestyle, the health care you are able to access, your environment and your culture. Many of these things have aspects that you are able to control. Here are some ways that can predict your life expectancy.

1. Fitness

Fitness is a term that refers to optimal health and overall well-being. Fitness can often refer to your physical fitness but also mental health and emotional well-being. When you are fit, you have more energy, a more positive outlook on life, better stress management, physical strength, and endurance. The more fit you are the more likely you are to live longer and have a better quality of life.

Often by staying fit, you are able to reduce the risk of many life-threatening illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. You are also able to withstand stress, which is associated with a longer lifespan.

Exercising can be an important part of your fitness and having a good quality of life. Exercise helps to provide you with a sense of well-being in addition to improving physical health. Through daily exercise, you are able to reduce your risk of diseases that can shorten your potential lifespan. Physical activity can also slow some of the signs of aging.

2. Eating Well

What you put into your body can greatly impact your life expectancy and quality of life. Your culture, environment and food availability can greatly determine your eating patterns. To eat well, it is advised that you eat the right amount of nutrients and calories without consuming too much in excess.

  1. Eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods from all the food groups
  2. Limit foods with too much saturated, trans fats or sodium
  3. Choose plant-based meals frequently

You want to follow these health recommendations to ensure that you maintain a healthy weight throughout your lifespan. Being overweight or obese is associated with increased risk of premature death, as well as many other factors that can decrease your quality of life like diabetes, arthritis, cancer, or strokes.

3. Things to Avoid

There are a few things besides not eating well and physical fitness and mental wellbeing that can decrease your life expectancy. To increase your quality of life and potentially live longer, limit or eliminate the following from your daily activities.

  • Smoking tobacco
  • Excess drinking of alcohol
  • Not consuming enough water
  • Exposure to foodborne illnesses
  • Not getting enough sleep

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