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A Healthy Lifestyle Can Help You Live Longer Even If You Have Chronic Conditions, Study Suggests

Exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking or drinking can help you live years longer even if you’re struggling with other chronic medical conditions, according to a new study.

While a healthy lifestyle has long been linked to a longer life span, there’s been very little research to date on how lifestyle factors affect people with “multimorbidity” — living with two or more long-term mental or physical health conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), asthma, cancer, depression, migraine, diabetes and angina.

To find out, a team of UK researchers tracked 93,736 middle-aged adults who had two or more of 36 chronic conditions, for up to nine years. The team assessed four lifestyle factors: leisure-time physical activity, smoking, diet and alcohol consumption.