Longevity Secrets of Asian Women
A person’s lifestyle can affect the length of his/her age. A study revealed that good habits and healthy lifestyle are proved to make life longer. Asian women’s lifestyle, especially in China, tend to be healthy so they can enjoy a longer life.
According to The Star Online, a study believed to be the first study to examine the multiplier effect of good habits on mortality in women of Asia.
As a result, Chinese women with lots of healthy habits tend to live longer than others with less healthy lifestyles.
The study, led by Sarah Nechuta from Vanderbilt University in the United States uses data from the Women of Shanghai’s Health Study, which collected information on over 71,000 women aged 40 to 70 years in 1996 and 2000, they were also non smokers, alcohol-free and lived a healthy lifestyle.
Scores are based on five factors known to be associated with mortality, body weight, waist to hip ratio, duration of exercise, exposure to pollution, and consumption of fruits and vegetables. More healthy habits of a woman, gave the higher score, while those who live unhealthy scored lower.
The women in the study were observed for about nine years, among which 2,860 of them died (as many as 1,351 because of cancer and 775 from cardiovascular disease).
In a study published by Public Library Of Science (PLoS), women who died had an average excess weight. Being overweight or obese in women occur due to irregular exercise, and eating less fruit and vegetables.
“The good news is that many of these factors can be enhanced with the motivation of individuals to change unhealthy behaviors,” said Wei Zheng, co-author of the study and director of epidemiology center at Vanderbilt.
For example, it would be easy for women in China or elsewhere in Asia to increase energy expenditure by going to the office or on the move by walking every day or frequently join and follow gymnastics gym and eat more fruits and vegetables.
Besides that, women who die are also much influenced by exposure to cigarette smoke from their partner. Study researchers also found that exposure to cigarette smoke can shorten the life of their partner. “Environment filled with tobacco smoke is also a big problem for women living in Asian countries, given the high prevalence of smoking among Asian men,” the study said.
“Changes in exposure to cigarette smoke from their husband can start with increasing awareness of both women and their husbands about the adverse health effects of cigarette smoke,” he said.
By focusing on Chinese women, researchers from several studies also have examined the combined impact of lifestyle factors on mortality. From these studies it is known that habits and lifestyles of women in China are better than women in western countries. Healthy lifestyle provides a bonus for Asian women to live longer, because most of them generally do not smoke and consume alcohol much.