Fit over 50 Update — How to Live Longer

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we have a chapter titled, “Five Habits to Live Ten Years Longer (or More)!” (page 137) and another, “You Need to Know Four Numbers” to live longer (page 141).

The American Heart Association has a similar approach it calls, “Life’s Simple 7.” Improving your scores has been shown to improve cardiovascular risks and outcomes. The score factors in smoking, diet, physical activity, body weight, blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood glucose levels.

You can improve your score with the lifestyle changes we recommend in our book and your quantity and quality of life is likely to improve.

Unfortunately, as shown in a new study over an 18-year period that ended in 2016, average individual scores on “Life’s Simple 7” have decreased dramatically.

Individuals who improve the seven metrics have been shown to not only have less cardiovascular disease, but also less kidney disease, lung disease, and even cancer. “It’s a way to total health,” said Brent Egan, MD, of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville. “If we could improve Life’s Simple 7, we would have a lot less disease.”

Want to know how to live longer and better? How to have increased quality and quantity of life? Order a copy of Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You and apply what you learn starting today.

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