Death is a certainty of life. There's no avoiding it. But, there are some things you can do to cut your risk of dying and stay alive longer.
The American Institute for Cancer Research has provided seven simple lifestyle recommendations to reduce the risk of dying from all diseases by one-third.
The list was compiled after tracking nearly 380,000 people over 13 years.
- Stay as lean as possible without being underweight. You can lower your risk of death by 22 percent just by not being overweight or obese.
- Be active for at least 30 minutes a day.
- Limit your consumption of calorie-dense foods and sugary drinks.
- Eat plenty of plant-based foods such as whole grains and beans. Eat at least five fruits and vegetables daily.
- Limit the amount of red and processed meats you eat.
- Also, limit alcohol to just one drink a day for women and two for men.
- Women should breastfeed their children exclusively for the first six months.
The AICR said that following any one of these tips will help protect against several diseases including cancer, circulatory and respiratory diseases and prevent an early death.
But the biggest benefit comes from making all of them part of your lifestyle.