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Now science has confirmed what Bill Maher postulated (see my recent post, Television pundit Bill Maher weighs in on big pharma).

According to the CBC, a recent study of 20,000 healthy adult UK residents tracked the effects of four major health practices on longevity.

The study, mounted by The University of Cambridge, showed that the combination of eating at east 5 servings of fruit and vegetables per day (see my post Minimum daily fruits and veggies; how much is enough?), limiting alcohol to 14 units or fewer per week, exercising regularly, and not smoking (see my post Smoking and exercise: not incompatible after all), resulted in the equivalent of a 14 year difference in ‘real’ age compared to subjects who lacked the indicators, upon an 11 year follow-up.

“These results may provide further support for the idea that even small differences in lifestyle may make a big difference to health in the population and encourage behaviour change,” the study said.

Speaking of small differences in lifestyle, see my two-part post Any exercise: Better than none at all?

A few months ago, Bill Maher took big pharma and USian society to task for our (for it’s true of Canada too) co-dependent relationship with drugs (in the sense that we turn to drugs to make up for our lack of initiative in preventative medicine, and they are marketed in a way to make us think we need them.). He suggested that if we ate right and exercised, we wouldn’t need so many of the medications we turn to, for diabetes, acid reflux, depression, and myriad other ailments.

As if we didn’t know, he’s right! Eating right, exercising, and moderating or avoiding the two legal recreational drugs will prolong our lives!

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