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There’s a simple way you can add years to your life WITHOUT extra exercise, experts say

WE all want to stay on this planet as long as possible.

Above all, staying healthy means eating a balanced diet and exercising.

Doctors examined 159,255 women and found that optimists are more likely to live past 90

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But experts have said a dose of optimism could be just as important as a sweat at the gym when it comes to adding years to your life.

Doctors studied 159,255 women and found that optimists were more likely to live past the age of 90 than people who veered to the pessimistic side.

Doctors wrote in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that optimism is actually associated with a 5.4 percent increase in lifespan — or an additional 4.4 years of life, on average.

This has even been found in subjects suffering from problems such as depression and other chronic health conditions.

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It was important to the experts that other social and economic factors were also taken into account.

The link between optimism and longer life has also been found across all ethnic and racial groups.

The experts said: “It is worth noting that exercise is widely recognized as an important factor in health, and studies have shown that regular exercise extends life by 0.4 to 4.2 years.

“Hence, our results suggest that the effect of optimism might be comparable to that of exercise.”

Further analysis of the results shows that women are the most optimistic group.

They found they were 10 percent more likely to live to their 90s than those who were less optimistic.

What had an impact on the results, the researchers said, were lifestyle factors such as choices of healthy foods available.

Other topics were the types of support networks people have when going through difficult times.

Studies have previously found that Britons who enjoy a regular brew are up to a third less likely to die young.

Coffee lovers even reap the health benefits of adding sugar.

dr Dan Liu of Southern Medical University in China said: “Our study found that adults who drank moderate amounts of sugar-sweetened coffee every day had about a 30 percent reduced risk of dying from any cause compared to non-coffee drinkers .”

Coffee connoisseurs were less at risk of cancer or heart disease in the study.

And instant, ground, and decaffeinated versions were all associated with a lower risk of death.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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