Researchers found that having a healthy lifestyle and not engaging in risky behaviors can increase a person’s life expectancy by up to seven years.

Today medical technology is credited as the source for healthier longer lives, but a moderately healthy lifestyle is enough to get the benefits. Avoiding obesity, not smoking, and consuming alcohol moderately is a realistic goal.

The study published July 20 in Health Affairs, of more than 14,000 people in the United States between the ages of 50 and 89 from 1998 to 2012, found that people who never smoked and who were not obese lived four to five years longer than the general population. Individuals who consumed alcohol in moderation lived seven more years.

Men who were not overweight, never smoked and drank in moderation lived an average of 11 years longer than men who smoked, were overweight and drank excessively. The gap for women was even greater at 12 years.

A healthy lifestyle, which costs nothing, is enough to enable individuals to enjoy a long and healthy life.

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