All the above could help you live longer, healthy lives.
The co-author of the study Dr Séverine Sabia, University College London, says that associated 'successful ageing' with having good mental and physical health and no chronic diseases such as cancer or diabetes, whereas 'normal ageing' includes those with chronic disease or lower scores on functioning and mental health.
"Our study shows the cumulative impact of healthy behaviours on successful ageing — the greater the number of healthy behaviours, the greater the benefit," Dr Sabia said in a statement.
"Compared with participants who engaged in no healthy behaviours, those who engaged in all 4 healthy behaviours had greater odds of aging successfully."
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Suitable healthy behaviours for successful ageing are:
- Not smoking
- Moderate alcohol consumption of 1 to 14 units a week for women and 1 to 21 units a week for men
- Physical activity (at least 2.5 hours a week of moderately intense physical activity or 1 hour or more of very intense physical activity a week)
- Eating fruit & vegetables on a regular daily basis
"Although individual healthy behaviours are moderately associated with successful ageing, their combined impact is quite substantial. Multiple healthy behaviours appear to increase the chance of reaching old age disease-free and fully functional in an additive manner."