Condition of a person’s health and longevity can be measured more clearly than most others of the lifestyle and habits. Those who mengasup balanced nutrition and physical activity or exercise tend to be healthier than those who are heavy smokers or overweight.
However, there are some unique things that can be used to guess a person’s health and chances of long-lived. It’s five of them, as quoted by Reader’s Digest.
1. The length of the finger
Researcher Institute for Cancer Research (ICR) UK compare more than 1,500 men with prostate cancer with more than 3,000 men at random. The result, men who have index fingers longer than their ring fingers have a 33 percent lower chance of developing prostate cancer.
Young-old men with a longer index finger has a chance of having prostate cancer is smaller, with a reduced risk of 87 percent.
2. The order of birth
Although no definitive evidence, some studies suggest that the first male child born to have a higher estrogen hormone at birth, thus increasing the risk of testicular cancer in the future.
Older children also have a greater risk of childhood leukemia. “A lot of suggestions to prevent older children from exposure to viruses and bacteria in the vicinity,” said Elizabeth Rapley, a molecular geneticist and ICR spokesman in London.
3. Grip strength
25-year study of more than 6,000 men aged 45-68 years found that grip strength is the best predictor of a person’s health later in life.
They are the weakest gripping, two times more likely to experience health problems than those with a strong grip. In a separate study conducted in elderly men and women are found, grip strength related to age.
4. Hair loss
Studies done by researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital showed a pattern of baldness, particularly at the top of his head bald. Baldness on the crown of the head is closely associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
That bald guy at the top of the head, 36 percent more likely to show symptoms of heart disease than men with bushy hair. “We found men with extensive baldness on the top have the greatest risk of experiencing heart disease,” says JoAnn Manson, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
A Seventh-day Adventist community in Loma Linda California has a life expectancy of 88 years, 10 years longer than the national life expectancy in the U.S.. According to experts, one possible reason behind it is a community of Adventists prohibit drinking alcohol or smoking, and many of them who decided to go vegetarian as per the instructions of the church.
Dr. Gary Fraser, a researcher with the University of Loma Linda School who conducted the study, told the BBC, “We do not know why at this time, but people who go to church regularly, whatever faith they live longer.”