- Reducing weight may prolong life expectancy by two months
- body fat and other factors are also linked to diabetes
- Cigarette smoking is associated with lung cancer
"Our study has estimated the causal effect of lifestyle choices. We found that, on average, smoking a pack a day reduces lifespan by seven years, whilst losing one kilogram of weight will increase your lifespan by two months," said Peter Joshi, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
For the study, the team of researchers took the data from 25 separate population studies and analysed genetic information from more than 6,00,000 people alongside records of their parents' lifespan. People share half of the genetic information with each of their parents. Therefore, certain lifestyle factors become highly influenced by some genes that further impacts life expectancy of people, like increased alcohol consumption and addiction.
Here are some foods that may increase your life expectancy-
The presence of various antioxidants makes ginger a superfood for increasing life expectancy. It is believed that it contains about 25 different types of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight disease causing free radicals in the body and protect against a host of health risks like heart trouble, arthritis and cancer.
It is said that drinking cardamom tea is known to be the secret of longevity. It helps in flushing out toxins and keeps your internal systems clean.
Ajwain seeds are heart friendly. They contain niacin and thymol that maintain heart health. Ajwain also acts as a natural antibiotic.
Honey is considered to be one of the top superfoods as it has been used a great beauty ingredient that can help slow down signs of ageing. It is full of natural minerals and living enzymes that fortifies your immune system.
With Inputs from IANS