Healthy Steps Add 14 Years to Your Life

Exercise, don't smoke, go easy on drinking, and eat your veggies
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 7:43 PM CST
Regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle can add as many as 14 years to your life.   (
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(Newser) – Doing all those things you know you should be doing already can add 14 years to your life, a new study says. People who exercise, don't smoke, limit drinking, and eat fruits and vegetables lead longer lives by that amount, LiveScience reports. The European study is said to be the first to look at the combined benefits of those four healthy habits.

"These results may provide further support for the idea that even small differences in lifestyle may make a big difference," the researchers wrote in the PLoS medical journal. The study, part of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition, looked at the lifestyles of 20,000 men and women in 10 countries between 1993 and 1997.