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Tue Apr 27, 7:02 am ET

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WASHINGTON (AFP) – A killer quartet of unhealthy behaviors -- smoking, drinking, poor diet and inactivity -- can slash average life span by 12 years, but lifestyle changes can help stem the damage, researchers have discovered.

Individuals who engaged in all four high-risk behaviors suffered three times the death rate for cancer and heart disease, and four times the death rate from other causes, as people who engaged in none of the behaviors, according to research published in Monday's issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

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The behaviors were determined as: smoking; eating fruits and vegetables less than three times per day; engaging in less than two hours of physical activity per week; and drinking more than 4.2 ounces (0.12 liters) of alcohol per week for women, and 6.3 ounces for men.

Cutting back or ending these behaviors could add years to one's life, the study said.

"Modest but achievable adjustments to lifestyle behaviors are likely to have a considerable impact at both the individual and population level," the authors said.

"Developing more efficacious methods by which to promote healthy diets and lifestyles across the population should be an important priority of public health policy."


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