Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Science Wire: Run the Numbers on Living to 90

You know all those good behaviors the health police keep yappin' about? Well, we all better start listening to them if we want to make it to the ripe old age of 90. A recent study in U.S. male physicians found that, in those living at age 70, some simple behaviors - not smoking, avoiding obesity, keeping blood pressure normal, avoiding diabetes, and of course exercising - pushed the chances of making it to age 90 to over 50 percent (study). The fewer the healthy behaviors, the lower the chances of joining Club Nonagenarian (see figure, click to enlarge).

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