Six Ways to Lower Your Risk of Dying Early from the Most Common Diseases

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The chance of dying from chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes by age 70 could decrease 25 percent by 2025 if people just follow six steps, according to a new study by a group of European researchers.

According to their study, which was published Friday in the Lancet, here’s what you have to do:

1. Quit smoking.

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2. Drink less alcohol.

3. Reduce your salt intake.

4. Lose weight.

5. Lower your blood pressure.

6. Maintain normal blood sugar levels.

In their study, the researchers analyzed worldwide mortality rates from heart and respiratory diseases, cancer, and diabetes, and calculated how much of a lifestyle change people would need to make in order to significantly decrease their chance of premature death from these condition.

The chance of men and women dying early worldwide would decrease by 22 percent and 12 percent, respectively, if smoking was 50 percent less prevalent, drinking was 10 percent less, salt intake was lowered by 30 percent, and people lowered their blood pressure by 25 percent.

If the world kept going at the same lifestyle pace and didn’t reach what the researchers called “risk factor targets,” the chance of men and women dying early would be 11 percent and 10 percent, respectively, according to their estimates.