7 Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Live a Long Life

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Persistent stress can shorten your life, age you physically, and even hasten your demise. Many studies have connected persistent stress to diseases including cancer, heart disease, and digestive problems, all of which have the potential to shorten your life expectancy.

1. Stressing out

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Sitting is the new smoking, and research suggest that sitting for long periods might harm your health. In 2022, Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and Beijing's Chinese Academy of Medical Services published the results of their 11-year study involving more than 100,000 participants.

2. Sitting

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They discovered there was a 12%–13% increase in the risk of early death and heart disease in people who sat for six to eight hours each day. For those who sat for more than eight hours each day, the danger factor increased to 20%.

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It might be time to dust off a cookbook if you only eat frozen pizza and microwave dinners. In Brazil in 2019, 10% of early, preventable deaths from all causes were attributed to eating ultra-processed meals like these. Studies from France and Spain have shown findings that are similar.

3. Eating processed foods

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Obesity shortens lifetime regardless of what you consume. A 2016 study of more than 10.6 million individuals from 1970 to 2015 indicated that mortality risk rose with BMI. Obesity increases the risk of cardiovascular, respiratory, and cancer mortality.

4. Overeating


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Wine has health benefits, but too much alcohol is unhealthy. The CDC reports that excessive alcohol usage kills around 380 Americans daily. Premature deaths due to cancer, liver, or heart disease reduce lives by 26 years.

5. Drinking heavily

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Introverts must socialize occasionally. Social isolation after 50 can be as dangerous as smoking, obesity, and inactivity, according to the CDC. Social isolation increases heart disease risk by 29% and stroke risk by 32%.

6. Turning down invitations

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Some people like functioning on little sleep, but staying up all night could shorten your lifespan. A 2018 research indicated that those who sleep less than six hours a night are 10 times more likely to die prematurely. Inadequate sleep can cause high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

7. Staying up all night