Technically Minded – Episode 2: How to live longer

A new podcast episode – What is and what is not important to living longer—with science!
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Links:

Shepard Smith on Ebola
The true story of Stronzo Bestiale
Annals of Internal Medicine statement about Vitamins
Annals of Internal Medicine review of 240 papers on organic food

Data on Loss of Life Expectancy:

Data from Bernard Cohen’s 1979 paper
Cohen’s 1991 paper (full text pdf, free). This paper explains the methodology in full of how the LLE was calculated.

Loss of Life Expectancy (LLE) due to various behaviors. All data taken from Cohen 1979[1] and 1991[2], except where indicated.

Activity or risk LLE (days)
Smoking cigarettes (male) 2300
30% overweight 1300
Working as a coal miner 1100
20% overweight 900
Smoking cigarettes (female) 800
Sub-optimal medical care 550
10% overweight 450
Vietnam army service 400
Driving (man) 360
Living in Southeast (SC,MS,GA,LA,AL) 350
Smoking cigars 330
Working in mining construction 320
Drinking 130-230
Salt intake[3] 220
Smoking pipes 220
Driving (men & women) 207
Driving (women) 150
Avid mountain climbing 110
Drug abuse (legal drugs) 90-100
Diabetic 95
Air pollution 80
Occupational accidents 74
Small cars (vs. midsize) 60
Married to smoker 50
Drowning 40
Speed limit: 65 vs. 55 miles per hour 40
Falling down 39
Walking/Pedestrian 37
Poison + suffocation + asphyxiation 37
Radon in homes 7-35
Safe job 30
Coffee: 2 cups/day 6-26
Radiation worker, age 18-65 25-40
Illegal drugs 18
Firearms 11
Getting regular X-rays 7
Biking 5
Birth control pills 5
Hurricanes, tornadoes 1
Flying 1
Living near a dam 1
Living near nuclear plant 0.4
Getting a regular PAP -4
1 hour vigorous activity/day for a year[4] -40
[1] Health Physics, Volume 36, Number 6, June 1979 36, Pages 707-722
[2] Health Physics, Volume 61, Number 3, September 1991, Pages 317-335
[3] New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 371, Issue 7, August 2014, Pages 624-634
[4] American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Volume 44, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 23–29

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