Posted by: audreybenenati | April 28, 2010

Four Unhealthy Behaviors Linked to Premature Death


Four Unhealthy Behaviors Linked to Premature Death

People who smoke, drink, rarely exercise, and skimp on fruits and veggies die earlier than usual, study finds

HealthDay

By Robert Preidt

Monday, April 26, 2010

MONDAY, April 26 (HealthDay News) — A combination of four unhealthy behaviors — smoking, lack of exercise, poor diet and substantial alcohol consumption — greatly increases the risk of premature death, a new study has found.

The study, published in the April 26 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, included 4,886 people, aged 18 or older, who were interviewed in 1984-1985.

"A health behavior score was calculated, allocating one point for each poor behavior: smoking; fruits and vegetables consumed less than three times daily; less than two hours of physical activity per week; and weekly consumption of more than 14 units [one unit equals 8 grams, or about 0.3 ounces] of alcohol (in women) and more than 21 units in men," wrote Elisabeth Kvaavik, of the University of Oslo, and colleagues.

Read the rest at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_98038.html

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