10 Surprising Things That Will Kill You


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Most people know that notorious bad habits like smoking and drinking will shave time off your life. But several perfectly normal, innocent things we do on a daily basis can also have adverse affects on your health.  We’ve written before about 10 things that will prolong your life, here are some surprising routines that will cut your life expectancy by days, months and even years.

Being a macho man

The study: Men who subscribed to rigid, traditional gender beliefs, like men having to work while women become homemakers, were 46 per cent less likely than other men to get life-prolonging health care.

The reasoning: 'Men die earlier because of poor lifestyle choices, most of which are rooted in the destructive rules of traditional masculinity,' Hugo Schwyzer at Alternet wrote.

Source: Alternet

Consuming microwave popcorn

The study: Microwave popcorn can lead to a lung condition that can shorten your life.

The reasoning: A chemical called diacetyl that helps give microwave popcorn its buttery flavour can lead to a severe lung condition if it's consumed too much.

Source: Discovery Health

Having large breasts

The study: A woman with very large breasts can lose five years off her expected lifespan

The reasoning: The extra weight these women have to carry around leads to joint pain, headaches, reconstructive surgery, obesity and diabetes, the study showed.

Source: UK Daily Mail

An early retirement

The study: People who retired at age 55 were 89 per cent more likely to die within 10 years than people who retired at age 65.

The reasoning: Researchers at the Shell corporation attributed it to the possible poor health of early retirees, but inactivity and lack of purpose could also play important roles.

Source: WebMD

Neglecting to floss

Taking sleeping pills

The study: Patients who were regularly prescribed sleeping pills were 4.6 times more likely to die earlier than people who did not take sleeping pills. Even users who took as few as four pills a year were 3.6 times more likely to encounter an earlier death.

The reasoning: The dangerous ingredients in these pills, which include benzodiazepines, barbiturates and sedatives.

Source: The UK Daily Mail

Watching too much T.V.

The study: Watching two hours of T.V. per day could take 1.4 years off your life.

The reasoning: A BMJ Open study on 'sedentary behaviour' showed that too much time just lounging around will ultimately lead to an earlier death

Source: The Guardian


The study: A six-year sleep study conducted by the University of California involving 1.1 million patients showed that people who slept eight hours a day died younger than people who slept six or seven hours per day.

The reasoning: Oversleeping has been associated with diabetes, headaches, depression and heart disease.

Source: Hubpages and CBS News

Sitting through bad traffic

The study: A longer daily commute leads to a long list of diseases and health issues, shortening your life.

The reasoning: All the stress and inactivity partially caused higher waist circumferences, higher blood pressure and larger body mass indices.

Source: The American Journal of Preventative Medicine

Eating too much red meat

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