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Q: What Makes Men Live Longer?

A: A 40-year-long study has identified several key factors that can help men live longer. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded that growing old doesn’t have to mean living with disability or disease. Men who lived to age 85 without chronic disease or physical or cognitive impairment were considered “exceptional survivors.” Only 11% fit this category; fortunately, the lifestyle habits that helped them reach this age in good health are attainable by most people. Here are the steps men can take to increase their chances of a long, healthy life:

  • Get regular exercise—Men in better physical condition live longer, healthier lives.
  • Maintain a healthy weight—Leaner body mass is associated with longevity and also helps control blood sugar levels and keep blood pressure in check.
  • Keep blood sugar levels in a healthy range—Men with better blood sugar control fare better when it comes to living longer. To improve blood sugar regulation, avoid being overweight, exercise regularly, and steer clear of processed foods.
  • Don’t smoke—Smoking elevates blood pressure, raises your risk of heart disease, and greatly increases the chance that you’ll get cancer or lung disease.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol—Men who drink three or more alcoholic beverages per day are less likely to reach old age in good health.
  • Further your education—Men with more education are likelier to live longer, healthier lives. By adopting some healthy lifestyle choices, you can expect to add some quality to your years.

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