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Thursday, February 15, 2007


[Updated Februrary 26, 2008]

This link shows a Venn diagram composed of three circles that depict the unique and common lifestyle elements of the 3 cities on earth with the greatest human longevity (lifespan):

and the next link from the same site has a quiz you can answer to assess your life expectancy and get recommendations on how to increase it based on the same factors:

(This last link requires registration but its free.)

Nothing specific to prostate cancer at these sites but they do seem interesting nonetheless.

In a January 2008 paper, UK researchers found that a combination of 4 behaviors increased longevity by 14 years on average:
  • not smoking
  • being physically active
  • moderate alcohol intake (my note: the WCRF/AICR Diet and Cancer Report concluded that alcohol, even small amounts, does increase one's risk for cancer)
  • 5 servings a day of fruit and vegetables
. [PMID: 18184033] [Full Text]. In particular:
Between 1993 and 1997, about 20,000 men and women aged 45–79 living in Norfolk UK, none of whom had cancer or cardiovascular disease (heart or circulation problems), completed a health and lifestyle questionnaire, had a health examination, and had their blood vitamin C level measured as part of the EPIC-Norfolk study. A health behavior score of between 0 and 4 was calculated for each participant by giving one point for each of the following healthy behaviors: current non-smoking, not physically inactive (physical inactivity was defined as having a sedentary job and doing no recreational exercise), moderate alcohol intake (1–14 units a week; a unit of alcohol is half a pint of beer, a glass of wine, or a shot of spirit), and a blood vitamin C level consistent with a fruit and vegetable intake of at least five servings a day. Deaths among the participants were then recorded until 2006. After allowing for other factors that might have affected their likelihood of dying (for example, age), people with a health behavior score of 0 were four times as likely to have died (in particular, from cardiovascular disease) than those with a score of 4. People with a score of 2 were twice as likely to have died.

The NIH has a page on healthy living here.

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