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Quit That and This

Habits you must break

The topmost thing your physician or medical expert will insist you do to live a long and active lifestyle is to quit smoking. The mayoclinic.org reports that smoking can speed up the normal aging process of your skin, contributing to wrinkles. These skin changes may occur after only 10 years of smoking.

Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis, according to the Center for Disease Control.
Webmd.com reports that it's never too late to stop smoking. Even quitting after your 60th birthday can help add years to your life. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center reviewed info from 25 different studies involving 503,905 people from Europe and the U.S. age 60 and over. Of these people, 37,952 died from heart disease.

Canyon Ranch, the world’s recognized leader in healthy living since 1979 lists the following 15 things a person can do to achieve mind-body wellness to live a long and active life. Stop smoking is on the list of course:

  • Exercise
  • Watch Your Weight
  • Get Enough Sleep
  • Use Caution If You Drink Alcohol
  • Eat Well
  • Manage Stress.