The Surprising Attribute That Could Help You Live Longer

Sep 6, 2017

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Professor Merlin Thomas shares the secret to longevity with Jeremy Cordeaux.

“The most important thing you can do for longevity and health is to be in love,” Prof Thomas told FIVEaa.

“People forget that married people live longer and healthier lives -- that’s something really important that you can’t buy in a packet or take as a medicine. It’s as important as other choices we make for our health.”

He said there is no “quick fix” to living longer, but…

“There are certainly quick ways to disaster -- smoking, for example. On average a smoker will lose 10 years of their life, and many other years related to poor health.

“There are a number of ways we can get ourselves in to trouble very quickly, but it’s much harder to think of ways to keep ourselves healthy for longer. You have to avoid the simple things that make a mess of you like smoking, like accidents, alcohol excess -- those are easy.”

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