The way of living now decides the duration of a person’s disabled period near the end of life.
A team of researchers studied the way lifestyle of an individual actually affects the disability period in one’s life. A former research study surveyed around 5248 old aged adults recruited at an age of 73 years and followed for 25 years.
The average age of disablement was found to be 2.9 years in men and 4.5 years in women. Multiple lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise, diseases, stress, medication, water consumption, proper mineral intake and sound sleep were responsible for both active and disabled years of life. Walking for greater distances and practicing high intensive interval training along with consuming a high protein diet are associated with compressing the disabled years of life. Inactivity and unhealthy eating habits lead to obesity thereby expanding the disabled period in life. Furthermore, smoking habits, consuming alcohol and chewing tobacco are associated with shorter life span and decreased years of able life. Such habits also make an individual prone to chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, Esophageal Cancer, Aortic Aneurysm and cataracts.
The result concluded that by improving the quality of life one can either reduce the disability period or avoid the span and more significantly postpone death. Research reports that humans are themselves responsible for expanding the disabled period of their lives thereby shortening the average lifespan. Senior author of the study, Dr. Anne Newman states that, “This clearly demonstrates the value of investing in a healthy lifestyle.” The study was publishes in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society on September 1, 2017.