10 things of everyday life, which slowly are killing us

10 things of everyday life, which slowly are killing us

We all want to live longer and healthier lives, but all around us there are hidden dangers. See a few of the many things we do every day and that can shorten our lives:

1. Sitting

Bad news for workers in office. Even if you play sports regularly, long periods without physical activity are unhealthy. According to a study published in 2012 in BMJ Open, reducing excessive sitting to less than three hours a day could add two years to life expectancy.

2. Excessive sleeping

Lack of sleep, of course, is bad for health but excessive sleep can be just as harmful. Review of various studies related to sleep, shows that people who sleep more than nine hours a night are at 41 percent greater risk of cardiac disease than those who sleep seven to eight hours night.

3. Staring at the screen

The results of the study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, show that spending more than four hours a day in front of a screen, including watching TV or surfing the Internet can increase the risk of heart attack by up to 113% . According to another study published in BMJ Open, reducing time spent in front of the screen to less than two hours a day can increase life expectancy by 1.4 years.

4. Taking drugs for diseases that are not life-threatening

Taking medication for things like insomnia or anxiety can reduce the lifespan of some people. In study that lasted 12 years, published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, researchers found that mortality in people who don’t take such drugs was 5% lower.

5. Lack of humor

Laughter has many health benefits, according to the Mayo Clinic. It helps to improve the immune system, to reduce stress and to provide an emotional outlet. Laughter also burns calories.

6. The long way to and from work

The trip to work not only takes you a lot of time every day, but it may take and the length of your life as a whole. Studies presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers, suggest that people who travel more than 30 minutes to work die earlier than others. Longer traveling means less time for sports and sleep, which help you for a longer and healthier life.

7. Stress

We’ve all heard that stress can harm health and the immune system. According to one study, however, even stress can damage our DNA. People exposed to chronic stress have shorter the chromosomes that perform a security function, as compared with those which are not stressed.

8. Lack of Sex

Sex is not only reducing stress but also burns calories and may ultimately even increase life expectancy. According to a Duke University women with better sex life live nearly eight years longer. Another study published in the BMJ proves that mortality is decreased by 50 percent in men with greater frequency of orgasms.

9. Bad food

Things like eating  meals with too much red meat and insufficient amount of fruits and vegetables can lead to serious health problems. Excessive consumption of red meat contributes to greater mortality due to cardiovascular disease and cancer.

10. Anti-social behavior

Isolation and loneliness can be as bad for your body as the excessive stress. According to a study of MacArthur research Network, people who are defined as highly valued in the lives of their friends and relatives are more likely to live longer than those who has lower self-esteem.

Warning signs that can save lives – signs of an oncoming heart attack

We all know that organs and tissues in the body need oxygen, and if for some reason its supply limit or disappear, then this part of the body stops working. This is the principle of occurrence of heart attack. The blood passing through the heart, oxygenated, powered his musculature, as in the case of arteriosclerosis in which fatty plaques narrow vessels of the heart or can completely clog them, the process is more difficult.

This leads to ischemia (lack of blood, oxygen, respectively) of that part of the heart, which, when the die occurs myocardial infarction – myocardial muscles of the heart. According to statistics for the United States every 34 seconds in America someone gets a heart attack.

According to some studies the body sens warning signals of impending danger which can occur days, weeks or even months before the impact. So, it is essential the signs to be recognized.

Chest pain

The first is chest pain, which is the most common. Here the pain can be short or long and cover different sized perimeter.

Shortness of breath

The second symptom is shortness of breath which may be present without being felt chest pain. The lack of air is an almost sure sign of an upcoming heart attack, which can occur suddenly, before the impact or during it.

It turns out that very often chest pain is recognized more as a feeling of indigestion and heartburn.

The reason is that we do not feel the pain directly, it passes first through the central nervous system – brain, spinal cord and nerve cells. Because nerves in the stomach are close to the heart becomes confusion.

Nausea and vomiting

Third and fourth step is the appearance of nausea and vomiting, which are some atypical symptoms of heart attack and are rarely available.

The researchers explain that there is no general rule and these are suggestive symptoms that no one should avoid and in such moment the right decision is to seek help.


About Jane Peterson

Jane Peterson is a supportive nutrition and fitness coach and registered dietitian nutritionist known for her health advices and innovative ideas to inspire and motivate people to reach their goals. She has a passion for personal training and enjoys motivating people, using specific exercise programs and track their progression for success. As a parent herself, Jane Peterson knows what it means to have to work hard to keep a good shape during pregnancy and after having a baby. She is interested about improving the way children eat, pediatric nutrition and family meal planning. Jane has several years of personal and professional experience and is practicing as a freelance food and health writer. She works personally with a small number of hand picked clients, transforming their health and their physiques using her four key elements of wellness: lifestyle, exercise, nutrition and supplementation.