Covid-19 & Health Update: Lifestyle vs. Life Expectancies in the U.S.

Hello everyone:

 Merry Christmas to you and sincere best wishes for a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous 2022. One of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves, our loves ones, our friends, our community, and the planet (yes…even the planet) is to life a lifestyle that promotes health and wellbeing. The results of this conscious effort lead to improvements in mental and emotional, physical, spiritual, and planetary health. It is an old bit of wisdom that acknowledges the fact that to help others, we must first ourselves be healthy and that health comes from a lifestyle that optimizes multiple domains of life. It is simpler than it sounds. Take a look at this resource:


Americans have a shorter life expectancy compared with residents of almost all other high-income countries. We aim to estimate the impact of lifestyle factors on premature mortality and life expectancy in the US population.


Adopting a healthy lifestyle could substantially reduce premature mortality and prolong life expectancy in US adults. Adherence to 5 low-risk lifestyle-related factors (never smoking, a healthy weight, regular physical activity, a healthy diet, and moderate alcohol consumption) could prolong life expectancy at age 50 years by 14.0 and 12.2 years for female and male US adults compared with individuals who adopted zero low-risk lifestyle factors.

What Are the Clinical Implications?

Americans could narrow the life-expectancy gap between the United States and other industrialized countries by adopting a healthier lifestyle.

Prevention should be a top priority for national health policy, and preventive care should be an indispensable part of the US healthcare system.”

Bottom Line: In terms of actual numbers, the research showed that adopting all 5 healthy lifestyle factors added an average of 40 years of life to 50-year-old individuals, as opposed to 27 years…that is an average of 13 more years of life span where we are healthy and functional and not disabled (that is AMAZING!) …and this is accomplished through simple lifestyle upgrades. One of the primary strategies is to go more and more plant-based in our nutrition which I have gone over multiple times in the past blogs that are archived on our website for your review. Health is true wealth and can be a wonderful Christmas present to give to one and all and is in the spirit of honoring and thanking our Creator for these gifts during this special time of year. As I reported in the previous newsletter, diet can also significantly help us through this pandemic by boosting immune health and more, so this information remains very timely.

Please give it some thought and all of us here send you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Holy Day Season and beyond.

More information on how critical and important this issue is available in this link below. Scroll down this entire page on this link to find many vital topics that directly apply to you and how you can be a part of not only improving your health but that of the planet as well. Check out the Planetary Diet and how it directly applies to you! This is simply an incredible resource for you…please share!

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