Saturday, September 19, 2009

How Bad Could They Be?

All of us know are very well-awared that physical activities which are practised by some people, including smoking, are terribly bad for our health. Apart from the bad and discouraged activities, awful health conditions such as having high readings of cholesterol in the body, as well as the high reading of blood pressure are also red alerts as far as health is concerned.

But how far could they harm us? Previously, the harmful extent of these activities and health condition were not measurable. But certainly not with today's advanced technologies and sciences.

Recently, a group of UK researchers had conducted a study on this particular matter. Their results pointed out that middle-aged individuals who smoke, have high cholesterol as well as high blood pressure can expect to live 10 to 15 years less than their counterparts who are healthy.

According to Dr. Robert Clarke from Oxford University, men who smoke, have high cholesterol level and high blood pressure are shown to be able to live until 74 years of age, while those who do not have these risk factors are expected to live until 83 years of age.

But it does not mean that the individuals who have such problems are destined to live shorter than the others. If individuals who have these risk factors change their lifestyle, take measure to deal with their blood pressure as well as body weight, life expectancy could be increased.

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