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7 Gold Medal Habits for a Longer & Healthier Life

7 Gold Medal Habits for a Longer & Healthier Life

If you’re watching the Olympics, you’re hearing lots of discussion about going for the gold and perfect 10s. But in life’s Olympics, you only need seven for the gold.

Below are seven points I’ve been teaching my patients for years; and now the American Heart Association (AHA) has studied these seven metrics to determine how long and how well you will live. That’s right – get these seven habits and metrics right and you will significantly lower your risk of death. Here they are:

These seven habits and metrics were based on following 7,622 adults who only had to be 20 years old or more. Then they looked at how many of these seven things people met and reported on their likelihood of death.

People who met five or more of these seven metrics had a 78 percent reduction in dying from any cause and an 88 percent reduction in dying from heart attack and stroke.

In particular, not smoking or stopping smoking for 12 months (that’s right – quit for a year or more and it increases your life span), Hemoglobin A1C < 5.7 percent, people’s diets, and how much they exercised mattered most.

How many of these seven habits and metrics do you currently meet? The more of these seven habits and metrics you achieve, the longer and healthier you will live.

And the sooner you get these metrics and habits in place, the better.

In another study of 2,327 college-educated men and women at least 60 years of age, the investigators studied three lifestyle risk factors for death and disability over 20 years:

  • BMI > 25 kg/m2
  • Current smoking
  • Physical inactivity – never exercising enough to work up a sweat.

So this is your triathlon event; control your weight, don’t smoke or stop smoking, and keep physically active, and you will delay having a disability for 8.3 years and reduce your likelihood of dying.

Now that’s Olympic Gold.

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Dr. Mache Seibel

Women's health expert and guest speaker Dr. Mache Seibel addresses consumers' critical needs from weight control to HRTmenopause and beyond. He served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for 19 years and is founder of My Menopause Magazine on the Apple Newsstand ( Download the Free App and first Free issue. He works with companies and organizations to bring exciting educational content to consumers. Visit his award-winning website to sign up for his free monthly newsletter.


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Thanks for the article.

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Thank you for informing and reenforcing the benefits of a health lifestyle,

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Thanks for sharing!!!

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