Healthy Lifestyle (alone) gives you 21 to 24 Additional Years

Open Access Paper:


Novick post is titled “Triage Your Health Efforts: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly”. Orig from old newsletter but posted around web in 2000s inc:… Cites many published studies & synthesizes data.


It’s incredible & sad how few people get the basic lifestyle choices right, let alone most or all of them. An older unpublished post w/ some other old refs on this subject is f/ Jeff Novick:… w/ the theme of triaging to try to prioritize.

Circ: 5 factors (never smoking, BMI 18.5-25, ≥30min/d exercise, moderate alcohol, healthy diet) vs none → 10-14yr diff life expectancy at 50 (men) or 12-16 (women)

Novick: 3 factors (5 servs fruit/vegetables /day, not smoking, exercise) →
~10yrs diff

  • limit alcohol → ~14yrs

New study: 8 factors (activity, no opioid addiction, no smoking, managing stress, good diet, no binge drinking, good sleep hygiene, and positive social relationships) → 21 years diff (women) or 24 (men)
Noted activity, opioids, & smoking made biggest diff.

Big bump in numbers.

Karl’s full thread:


I don’t want to start an argument….but any clear definition of “good diet”.

Yes, nice thick juicy organic steak, with couple vegies, and some good old wild caught fish with vegies also. A2 milk, and or yogurt in moderation, few cheese bites here and there, and you are all set. Olive oil, and actually i splurge on organic butter every now and then on my steaks (Yummy).
Everything else once in a while (including, McDonald’s, pasta, pizza etc) maybe once a week, or once per couple weeks. Guys no need to torture yourselves thinking you will live forever. I guarantee you that you and I will 1000% drop dead one day. If i can force myself to do some things I already know (no need for the next Sinclair pill) I can easily live (at a healthy state) to 110 years old, and that my friends is plenty.

Not for me, I want to still be crushing skulls at 90.

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Yes, go vegetarian and shun alcohol. Not always and forever but no more than once a month.

agreed, but i knew it all along.

I thought alcohol was vegan :smile:

Alcohol does a number on you, system-wide damage. It would be better to be a carnivore who doesn’t drink than a vegan who drinks.

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A January, 2024 paper:

Impact of 8 lifestyle factors on mortality and life expectancy among United States veterans.

Age- and sex-specific mortality rates were calculated on the basis of 719,147 veterans aged 40–99 y enrolled in the Veteran Affairs Million Veteran Program (2011–2019).

A combination of 8 lifestyle factors is associated with a significantly lower risk of premature mortality and an estimated prolonged life expectancy. Adherence to all 8 low-risk lifestyle factors was associated with an estimation of >20 y of prolonged life expectancy at age 40.

In total, we included 8 low-risk lifestyle factors:

  • adhering to a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern,
  • having regular consistent physical activity,
  • managing negative stress,
  • not smoking,
  • having restorative sleep,
  • no excessive alcohol consumption,
  • no opioid use disorder, and
  • having positive social connections.

In conclusion, findings from this investigation of MVP participants showed that all low-risk lifestyle factors were associated with a lower risk of premature mortality and the combination of low-risk lifestyle factors demonstrated a continuous and graded effect. Adherence to all 8 low-risk lifestyle factors was associated with an estimation of >20 y of prolonged life expectancy at age 40. Our estimation of graded prolonged lifestyle expectancy associated with increasing intensive low-risk lifestyle changes provides scientific support to promote lifestyle medicine as a means for individuals to directly influence their own health.

Full paper:

I’d like to see the results where the “control” also doesn’t smoke, drink or do heroin. While it’s good to know the difference with those too, any health minded person today knows to avoid those.

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