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Unhealthy Behaviors Linked to Poor Mental Health

A new study disclosed that low-income adults suffering from depression, stress and anxiety turn to health-compromising behaviors such as smoking, use of illegal drugs, binge drinking, poor diet and unprotected sex, and not the other way around. Dr. Jennifer Walsh and colleagues from Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital in the US conducted the study, which was published online in the Springer journal, Translational Behavioral Medicine. The study involved 482 patients of a sexually transmitted infection clinic who were interviewed online and every three months thereafter for one year to assess a number of health-compromising behaviors […]

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Lifestyle Habits and Microlives

While longevity is often measured by the number of years one is able to live, Professor David Spiegelhalter, a statistician at the University of Cambridge, suggests expressing the concept of ageing in terms of “microlives” or half hours of life expectancy. In a study published on the British Medical Journal, Spiegelhalter examined the effects of people’s lifestyle habits using the concept of microlife, which is equivalent to about one millionth of one’s life after the age of 35. Bad habits like smoking two cigarettes can cost one to lose a microlife, while eating fruits and vegetables can add microlives to […]

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Lifestyle Factors Increase Diabetes Risk

Long-term follow-up of more than 7000 middle-aged adults without diabetes showed that unhealthy behaviors like excessive weight gain, smoking and heavy drinking may explain almost half of the social disparities in type 2 diabetes. The study which was recently published online on the British Medical Journal looked into socioeconomic and lifestyle related risk factors for diabetes in study participants taking part in the Whitehall II study involving British civil servants, aged 35 to 55 in 1985. An international team of researchers assessed the health behaviors including smoking, alcohol consumption, diet and physical activity, as well as the body mass index, […]

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