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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.
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.
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
Source: UK Daily Mail
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.
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
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.
Source: Hubpages and CBS News
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
The reasoning: Red and processed meat intakes were associated with modest increases in total mortality, cancer mortality and cardiovascular disease mortality,' the study said.
Source: NBC Washington
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