Bad habits can age you by 12 years

This is another startling reminder of how our bad habits can affect us physically and emmotionally.

A recent research suggests that smoking, drinking, no exercise and bad diet can age us by 12 years. The study tracked almost 5,000 British adults over 20 years.

Overall, 314 people studied had all four unhealthy behaviors. Among them, 91 died during the study, or 29%. Among the 387 healthiest people with none of the four habits, only 32 died, or about 8%.

These habits combined substantially increased the risk of death and made people who engaged in them seem 12 years older than people in the healthiest group, said lead researcher Elisabeth Kvaavik of the University of Oslo.