Archive for the tag - mortality

Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables… Or Die!

happy-fruit-and-vegetable-face-rosemary-calvertWhen your mom told you to eat your fruits and vegetables, you probably didn’t realize it’s a matter of life and death. And according to a new study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, it is. Sort of.

For the study, researchers examined 65,000 English adults at least 35 years of age. For an average of 7.7 years, the dietary habits and health status were monitored for each participant. Variables that could affect the outcome – like age, sex, BMI, alcohol intake, physical activity, smoking, etc. – were all taken into account and controlled.

The findings were striking.

According to researchers, individuals who ate seven or more servings of produce were 42% less likely to die from any cause during the study. Specifically, these individuals were 25% less likely to die from cancer and 31% less likely to die from heart disease when compared to people who ate fewer fruits and vegetables. Moreover, the decrease in mortality risk was linked more strongly with vegetables than with fruits.

Eating healthy – and getting your servings of fruit and vegetables – isn’t just about looking good in a bathing suit. It’s also about living a long and healthy life. After all, you can’t wear a bathing suit… if you’re dead.

 

Study: Sit More, Die Sooner – Even if You Exercise.

According to a new study, it's important to shift our leisure time into more active pursuits - like walking, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.

According to a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, sitting down for several hours a day increases your risk of dying.

The study, which followed 222,497 Australian adults for several years, found that individuals who sat for at least 11 hours a day had a 40% higher risk of dying within the next three years than people who sat for less than four hours a day.

And exercise doesn’t necessarily mitigate this risk. While regular exercisers had a lower risk of death than non-exercisers, the death risk still rose for active people who sat longer. In other words, your 30 or 60-minute gym routine doesn’t necessarily counteract the increased mortality risk from excessive sitting.

According to the researchers, excessive sitting can’t be blamed entirely on long work hours. In fact, it’s estimated that the average adult spends 90% of their leisure time sitting. And, if you think about the time we spend reading, watching TV, playing computer games or chatting on social networks, I’d have to agree.

The takeaway is pretty simple: Spend more time on your feet. While a stand-up desk could help, it’s important to shift our leisure time into more active pursuits – like taking hikes, walking, playing sports or enjoying the outdoors.