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Life Expectancy

American Heart Association (AHA) Life's Essential 8 metric and its association with both life expectancy and health span or life expectancy free of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes, and dementia.

This study leveraged the UK Biobank and included more than 135,000 UK adults with a mean age of 55. The AHA metric was defined as including the following lifestyle behavioral factors:

Not smoking;

Regular physical activity;

Healthy weight;

Healthy diet;

Healthy sleep (defined as an average of 7-9 hours nightly);

Blood pressure in a healthy range:

Blood glucose in a healthy range; and

Non-HDL cholesterol in a healthy range.

Paddy Kalish OD, JD and B.Arch

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