Habits that shorten life


There are everyday habits that seem innocuous but can take years of your life.

Constantly staying up late, not getting enough sleep

For many people, staying up late and not getting enough sleep becomes a habit that is difficult to break. Especially in middle-aged people, working hard during the day, after work, they have to accompany their children to do homework and take care of elderly parents. They often sleep late and sleep little.

Neuroscientist Matthew Walker from the University of California Berkeley, USA said that the less sleep, the shorter the life cycle. The American Sleep Association recommends that adults get at least 7 hours of sleep a day, and 8 hours is the standard amount of sleep.

Middle-aged people who often stay up late and do not get enough sleep are at risk of shortening their lifespan. Illustration: qq

According to a survey conducted by TNS, the world’s largest market research company, the elderly need only three nights of sleep not enough 7-8 hours, the immune system can reduce its effectiveness by 60%. Young people sleeping 2 hours less than the norm, the risk of death increased by 20%. Not only that, not enough sleep also increases the risk of cancer, rapid aging, memory loss, obesity …

Don’t listen to your body

Many people do not have the habit of periodic health check-ups, disregarding cold and fever symptoms, but buying medicine or trying to endure it themselves. This is an important cause of reduced life expectancy.

According to a survey in China, nearly half of Chinese men buy medicine to treat themselves at home, and a third of these ignore minor ailments, missing the best time for treatment. These can be mild symptoms of dangerous diseases, or when there are serious signs to go to the doctor, this time the disease can get worse. Therefore, regular health check-ups are very important.

Once the body appears abnormal, it must be examined as soon as possible to find the cause. Early prevention, early detection will bring the best health to the body.

Sitting too long and exercising little

In the busy life, many people hardly have time to exercise. But if you sit for a long time and be inactive for a long time, your health will be seriously affected.

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that, compared with people who sat for no more than four hours a day, those who sat for more than 11 hours a day had a 40% higher risk of dying over the next three years. In addition, sitting for long periods of time increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and even premature death. Its harmful effects are comparable to smoking.

According to this study, sitting for a long time also negatively affects the brains of middle-aged and elderly people. In sedentary people, the area of ​​the brain needed for memory becomes thinner. This is a precursor to cognitive decline and dementia in middle-aged and elderly people.

No matter how busy you are, after an hour of sitting, try to get up and move around, even if it’s just for a glass of water. Exercise at least 3 times a week, 20 minutes each time.

Skip breakfast and eat salty food

Skipping breakfast will cause serious stomach damage and the body does not have the energy to work effectively. If you skip breakfast for a long time, bile that is not eliminated will precipitate and form stones.

The University of Erlangen, Germany once studied over 7,000 people, found that the mortality rate of those who skip breakfast is as high as 40%.

For people who eat salty foods, foods with a high salt content often contain a lot of sodium, increasing the burden on the kidneys, increasing blood pressure and causing dehydration of tissues. In addition, the more sodium the body excretes, the greater the amount of calcium consumed, which easily leads to calcium loss.

With an increase in sodium in the body, the risk of esophageal cancer, lung cancer, testicular cancer and bladder cancer will increase by 20-30%. So eat as light as possible.

Smoking and drinking alcohol regularly also have serious consequences for people's life expectancy.  Illustration: aboluowang.

Smoking and drinking alcohol regularly also have serious consequences for people’s life expectancy. Illustration: aboluowang.

Frequent smoking and drinking

Many studies have shown that the rate of lung cancer in smokers is 3-15 times higher than in non-smokers, even more than 30 times. Of the patients who died from lung cancer, 87% were due to smoking. The mortality rate from lung cancer in smokers over 60 years is also 100 times higher than in smokers of 20 years. In the lung cancer study, people who smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day and were over 45 years old were in the high-risk group.

Drinking too much alcohol is not only harmful to the liver such as cirrhosis, liver cancer, but in severe cases, it can lead to sudden death.

After alcohol enters the body, the stomach is the first stop. Within 5 minutes, 20% of alcohol enters the bloodstream by sliding between the mucus-producing epithelial cells. Here, alcohol will weaken the protective epithelium of the stomach, thereby increasing the risk of inflammatory diseases, heartburn, ulcers and bleeding.

Vy Trang (Follow aboluowang)

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