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The Surprising Secrets to a Long Life

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  • According to the preponderance of scientific data, the most important social factor predicting longevity is not your income, nor your race, nor whether or not you have health insurance—the most important predictive factor is your education
  • Education appears to teach people how to delay gratification and how to plan for the future
  • Your social support system is also important if you wish to lead a long, healthy life; if you are socially isolated, you’re more likely to suffer from poor health and a shorter lifespan
  • Other factors important for longevity include lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, sleep, frequency of prescription drug use, overall attitude and stress management skills

By Dr. Mercola

Many have studied the reasons for longevity. Why do some people live longer than others? Is it genetics? Is it culture, or perhaps lifestyle?


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