OSLO, Norway, April 28 (UPI) — Smoking, little physical activity, a poor diet and drinking alcohol in combination can increase one’s risk of dying, researchers in Norway found.
Elisabeth Kvaavik of University of Oslo in Norway and colleagues interviewed 4,886 adults age 18 or older in 1984 and 1985.
“A health behavior score was calculated, allocating one point for each poor behavior: smoking; fruits and vegetables consumed less than three times daily; less than two hours physical activity per week; and weekly consumption of more than 14 units — one unit equals 8 grams, or about 0.3 ounces — of alcohol in women and more than 21 units in men,” Kvaavik said in a statement.
After 20 years, 1,080 participants died — 431 from cardiovascular disease, 318 from cancer and 331 from other causes, the researchers said.
The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, found those who had four poor health behaviors had three times the risk of dying of heart disease or cancer and four times the risk of dying from other causes.
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