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Scientists says new research confirms what we've been told for a long time.  Eat right, hit the gym, quit smoking, and don't drink too much.   Preventatve Medicine journal says those four things are key to a long life. Researchers at the University of Zurich studied 16,721 people.  

Some interesting findings


If you smoke you have a 57% chance of dying young.  If you ignore all four risk factors your chances of dying young are two  and a half times larger.


 For example, the probability of a 75-year-old man who incorporates all four risk factors surviving the next 10 years is only 35 percent. If he doesn’t engage in those four poor habits, his odds shoot to 67 percent; for a woman, it’s 47 and 74 percent respectively.

What's more, the impact of an unhealthy lifestyle worsens as a person ages. For 45-to-55-year-olds who smoke, drink, don't work out, and don't eat healthfully, those choices barely made a dent on their mortality rates, compared to the effect it had on the 65-to-75-year-olds. The odds of a 75-year-old man with none of the risk factors surviving the next 10 years is 67 percent, exactly the same for an unhealthy person who is 10 years younger.

The message: Eat well, exercise, and swear off vices and you'll be thankful in your golden years.