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Healthy life style helps men live long

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Healthy lifestyle for menA strong grip, good education, a wife and not becoming overweight are key factors for a long and healthy life for middle-aged men. Researchers from the Pacific Health Research Institute in Honolulu found that there are 9 factors, which are good predictors of a long and healthy life beyond 80 for middle-aged men. The factors include, not being overweight; having low blood pressure; low blood sugar levels; low levels of bad cholesterol; not drinking alcohol excessively; not becoming overweight; not smoking; having a strong grip, achieving a high level of education; and being married. Grip strength, which can be measured by a test, is a strong indication of upper body strength. It is further proof that it is important to be physically robust in midlife, consistent with theories of aging that suggest that better built organisms last longer. The researchers conducted a 40-year study of which involved nearly 6,000 Japanese-American men living in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The men in the study were an average of 54 years old when it began in 1965. Those who managed to meet all the healthful criteria had an 80 percent chance of living to the age of 80 years, and were also more likely to attain old age while avoiding illness. Of the 5,820 original study participants, 2,451 (42 percent) survived till the age of 85 years, and 655 participants (11 percent) reached that age without suffering serious health problems such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes. The chances were more than 60 percent of being healthy at that age if men avoided these risk factors, yet if they had six or more of these risk factors, they had less than a 10 percent chance of living into their mid-80s. The over-85 years age bracket is the fastest growing in industrialised countries, but it also comprises the biggest consumers of health care resources. source:journel of the American Medical Association&

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Healthy Life Style Helps Men Live Long