Scientists: quitting smoking and social engagement - the best investment in the longevity

Researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand, have revealed the main secrets of longevity: quitting smoking and greater social activities help them fight combat age and extend their lives. The researchers found this out by examining data from 292 New Zealand long-livers, whose average age was 101. These people did not suffer from common chronic diseases such as diabetes, depression, dementia, or hypertension. They were not hostage to nicotine addiction, were very sociable, participated regularly in various activities, and volunteered.

In addition to long-term residents, the researchers took into account data from 103,377 ordinary elderly people over 60 years. 

The results showed that tobacco use cessation and social activity were the main lifestyle factors that were similar for all participants in the study. Long-livers liked to visit, participate in social events, group games, attend concerts, and volunteer work. 

A smaller role was played by the physical activity factor. The analysis showed that people who practiced sports more often and more intensively had less risk of developing dementia.

This study showed that in New Zealand the number of long-term residents free of common chronic diseases is higher than in other countries.

June 19, 2020, 11:34 a.m.

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