Healthy Ageing

Healthy lifestyle increases life expectancy in Rotterdam

Meyken Houppermans, PhD. CrossFit Level 3 Trainer.
Founder and Head Coach
Long-term scientific research in Rotterdam shows: Exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking can delay the onset of heart failure, diabetes, cancer, and dementia by 9 years.

The research was carried out under 9061 inhabitants of Rotterdam of 45 years and older, in the period July 1989 to January 2012. The group existed for 40% of men and 60% of women. The average age was 64 years. All participants were healthy at the start of the research. None suffered from a stroke, heart failure, diabetes, COPD, cancer or a neurodegenerative disease such as dementia. (Exercise and nutrition can prevent early dementia)

During this long- term research, 90% of participants were diagnosed with a non-communicable disease. At least 30% with more than one disease.

The three major health risks are:

- Smoking

- High blood pressure

- Excess body weight (BMI > 25).

By preventing these risks and living a healthy lifestyle, the onset of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity, can be delayed by 9 years. Furthermore, life expectancy increases significantly.

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