Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I didn't know very much about Scientology, and this is a long but interesting article.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
The advice is as sound as it is familiar: avoid smoking, exercise, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, drink alcohol if you want (but not too much). Now researchers have figured out exactly how many years these habits will add to your life.
Using this data, the researchers built a simple 0-to-4 scale that indicated how many of the four behaviors each person habitually engaged in — one point each for not smoking, exercising, drinking moderately and eating the proper amounts of fruits and vegetables.
The trend was unmistakable: with each added positive behavior, people lived longer. Those who scored 4 had about one-quarter the risk of dying of those who received a 0 — equivalent to living an additional 14 years. The trend was strongest for cardiovascular disease and cancer, but also significant for other causes.
“We’re not talking about extremes of behavior,” said Dr. Kay-Tee Khaw, the lead author and a professor of gerontology at the University of Cambridge, “but easy behaviors that most people can achieve.”