The six deadly health sins revealed

A new study has shown the link between these six habits and increase mortality risk, highlighting just how important it

A new study has shown the link between these six habits and increase mortality risk, highlighting just how important it is to life a healthy lifestyle if you want to live a long life.

Published in this week’s PLOS Medicine journal, the University of Sydney study has created a new lifestyle risk score based on six health behaviours.

The researchers used mortality registration data over a 6-year follow-up period among 231,048 Australians aged 45 years or older who had completed a lifestyle questionnaire.

The higher the scores on the lifestyle risk scale, the greater risk of mortality, i.e. the more you engage in one or more of these six behaviours, the more at risk of early death you are:

  • Smoking
  • Alcohol use
  • Dietary behaviour
  • Physical inactivity
  • Sitting down for prolonged periods
  • Too much sleep

The researchers estimated that 31.3 per cent of the deaths assessed could have been avoided if they had stopped engaging in these behaviours.

They also found combinations involving physical inactivity, prolonged sitting, and/or long sleep duration and combinations involving smoking and high alcohol use were among the most strongly associated with all-cause mortality.

The authors said, “This study reaffirms the importance of middle-aged and elderly people adopting healthy lifestyles and establishes prolonged sitting and unhealthy sleep duration as two additional risk factors for all-cause mortality that should be included in scores designed to quantify health risk”.

Tell us, does this study ring alarm bells for you? Do you try to live a healthy lifestyle?

  1. Beverley Ford

    Can someone quickly just name them please as my phone will notconnect?? Thank you….

    • Fred Davies

      Smoking, Alcohol use, dietary behaviour, physical inactivity, sitting down for prolonged periods, too much sleep.

    • Gail Sparrow

      Alcohol…Smoking…..Physical Inactivity…….Sitting for prolonged periods…….Dietary Behaviour……..Too much sleep.

    • Merran Heather Brown

      •Alcohol use
      •Dietary behaviour
      •Physical inactivity
      •Sitting down for prolonged periods
      •Too much sleep

  2. Beverley Ford

    Thank you Fred I think I had better get my act together and maybe do a bit more walking, the others are okay..

  3. Gloria Bulley

    Don’t smoke , drink or sleep too much …try to not sit too long and walk but maybe take a little more notice of diet although I do try to eat well.

  4. Dianne Evans  

    At the end of the day you are not going to live forever so just have fun and try not too do too much bad stuff!

  5. Lyn Mottrom

    Gave up smoking about 20 years ago, don’t sleep too much, do sit at the computer for a long time, eat well but drink alcohol, I’m probably in the middle somewhere

  6. Rohani Sharif

    I’m not giving up the occasional glass of wine. Apart from that it’s all common sense, genetics and fate

  7. batt24  

    Oh,the pills keeping me going are playing mind games with me. I saw Dietary behaviour as Dirty behaviour! Guess that is O.K as it’s not on the list.Now where is my memory???

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