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Staying in shape and in education ‘can bolster life expectancy’

16th October 2017

Losing weight and staying in education have both been highlighted as effective ways of increase a person's life expectancy.

University of Edinburgh research has analysed genetic information from more than 600,000 people, alongside records of their parents' lifespans, to determine which lifestyle factors had the greatest impact on life expectancy.

It was shown that people who are overweight will see their life expectancy reduced by two months for every extra kilogram of weight they carry, while education leads to a longer life, with almost a year added for each year spent studying beyond school.

Additionally, the research showed that those who give up smoking and are open to new experiences might also expect to live longer, further underlining the causal effect of lifestyle choices on people's life expectancy.

Professor Jim Wilson, of the University of Edinburgh's Usher Institute, said: "The power of big data and genetics allow us to compare the effect of different behaviours and diseases in terms of months and years of life lost or gained, and to distinguish between mere association and causal effect."

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