A study that was recently published in the British Medical Journal showcases the link between unhealthy habits and becoming disabled after the age of 65. According to the study, individuals who do not exercise, smoke and fail to eat at least one serving of fruits and vegetables every day have a greatly increased risk of developing a disability. In fact, simply failing to exercise on a regular basis will make a senior 76 percent more likely to end up disabled.
Although an older individual might believe that it is too late to reap the positive benefits of changing their lifestyle, the study proved that making a change at any point can reduce your disability risk. For example, participants who had stopped smoking within the last 15 years had a much lower risk of developing issues. In other words, everyone has the ability to take steps to keep themselves from dealing with a disability that is at least partially caused by lifestyle choices.
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