Oral & Facial Health: Healthy aging

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September is known among medical calendars as the Health Aging Month. A recent observational study published earlier this year, examining over 30 years of health data, concluded that people who follow 4 out of 5 healthy habits benefit from an additional decade of healthy living, compared to those who do not.Commitment to these proven healthy habits and lifestyle modifications correlates to a longer life expectancy free of major chronic diseases. Thus, its never too late to start employing some of these lifestyle changes to reap their benefits.The most significant five pillars for healthy aging are not smoking, limiting alcohol intake, exercising daily for at least 30 minutes, eating healthy and maintaining a healthy weight.Several studies have indicated that smoking, sedentary behavior, intake of excess alcohol and an unhealthy diet is associated with up to 60% early mortality and anywhere from a 7- to 17-year reduction in life span.Smoking accounts for nearly a half a million deaths per year just in the United States alone. This statistic is staggering given that it is responsible for taking more lives than all of the following combined in any given year: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries and firearm-related …

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