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These five healthy habits could add more than a decade to your life, research shows

The American Heart Association says that new research shows five healthy habits, including exercise, could prolong life expectancy for the average person who is 50 years old by 12 years for men and 14 years for women.
The American Heart Association says that new research shows five healthy habits, including exercise, could prolong life expectancy for the average person who is 50 years old by 12 years for men and 14 years for women.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/File/Globe Staff

Want to live 12 or 14 years more?

The American Heart Association says that new research shows five healthy habits could prolong life expectancy for the average person who is 50 years old by 12 years for men and 14 years for women.

The five habits were:

■  Not smoking

■ Eating a healthy diet

■ Regularly exercising

■  Keeping a healthy body weight

■  Moderate alcohol consumption.

The new research was published in the journal Circulation. Its authors included researchers from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Dr. Frank B. Hu, who chairs the Department of Nutrition at the Chan School, was the senior author of the paper.

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He said it’s important for people and policy makers to know the possible implications of lifestyle changes on life expectancy.

“It is critical to put prevention first,” he said in a statement from the association. “Prevention, through diet and lifestyle modifications, has enormous benefits in terms of reducing occurrence of chronic diseases, improving life expectancy as shown in this study, and reducing health care costs.”

“Adopting a healthy lifestyle could substantially reduce premature mortality and prolong life expectancy in US adults,” the study said.