Health risk factors and the risk of death

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At the tender age of 55 years, I am increasingly starting to see more chronic disease and people dying – both at my parents generation and my own. How much of this is related to lifestyle I often ask myself. Physical inactivity, diets low in fruit and vegetables, smoking, and alcohol consumption (all modifiable risk factors) have been shown to be related to higher risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer and increased death rates. This recently published study examined the individual and combined influence of these risk factors on total and cause-specific death rates. The more risk factors you have, the greater your chance of dying early!

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