We combined the science from our Health IQ Quiz with the latest in medical research specific to healthy lifestyles to prove its transformative effect on your long-term health.
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Groundbreaking Research by Health IQ
Health IQ conducted proprietary research to analyze the results of over 13 million quizzes. The findings showed that a well-rounded foundation of health knowledge is correlated to a significant reduction in mortality risk of 36% for adults from ages 30-89. We’ve longitudinally tracked this data and created the largest new health literacy linked mortality table in the world.
High Health Literacy is correlated with a 36% lower risk of early death
The Health IQ quiz moves beyond the normal self-reporting health assessments that ask people to describe their health behaviors. Health IQ questions are targeted towards assessing implementable knowledge — the kind of thing that a person knows because they habitually engage in this behavior in their everyday life.
The Science of Health. Studies have shown:
Walkers have a 51% lower risk of mortality
A 2020 study showed walking 8,000 steps a day reduces the risk of mortality by all causes by 51%.
Researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studied nearly 5,000 participants. They also found that the number of steps a person takes each day, but not the intensity of stepping, has a strong association with mortality.
They studied nearly 4,000 60-year-olds in Stockholm, Sweden, tracking their cardiovascular health for approximately 12.5 years. The highest level of daily physical activity was associated with a 27% lower risk of a heart attack or stroke and a 30% reduced risk of death from all causes, compared with the lowest level, irrespective of how much regular formal exercise was taken in addition.
Research has shown that strength training can make a positive impact when it comes to osteoporosis, slowing bone loss and increasing regional bone density by 1 to 3%.Mechanical strain, imparted by muscle action and ground reaction forces, regulates bone size, shape, mineral mass, and density and subsequently bone strength. Thus, physical activity is critical for bone development, bone health, and fracture risk reduction.
The 2017 study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine explored the associations of six different types of sport/exercise with all-cause and cardiovascular disease (CVD) mortality risk in a large pooled Scottish and English population-based cohort of 80,306 individuals (54% women; mean±SD age: 52±14 years). Selection of covariates was guided by previous literature adjustments made for age, sex, long-standing illness, alcohol drinking frequency, psychological distress, BMI, smoking status, education level, doctor-diagnosed CVD (all-cause mortality analyses only) and weekly physical activity volume (MET-hours/week excluding the volume of the sport that was the main exposure in the corresponding model). Participants who had doctor-diagnosed CVD at baseline (angina, stroke, IHD) were excluded from the analyses with CVD mortality as outcome. Cox proportional hazards regression was used to investigate the associations between each exposure and all-cause and CVD mortality and after adjustments, swimming participation was associated with a significantly reduced risk of all-cause mortality of 28% compared with no participation.
In a study that included 56,000 vegan participants, vegans had significantly lower levels of cancer when compared to non-vegans. The reasons for the beneficial effects of veganism on cancer lie mainly on the lower intake of total and saturated fats in a vegan diet. Reduced cancer risk is also associated with vegans' large consumption of foods known to decrease cancer risk, such as soybean, legumes, nuts, and vegetable oils. Additionally, vegans can absorb more carotenoids, disease-fighting pigment, and polyphenols, that help prevent degenerative diseases like cancer.
The study examined the associations of running with cardiovascular mortality risks in 55,137 adults (average age 44 years old). Compared with non runners, runners had 45% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality as well as a 3-year life expectancy benefit. The mortality benefits in runners were similar across all groups of running times, distance, frequency, amount, and speed, compared with non runners.
According to research done at Ohio State University, women who practice yoga regularly for at least two years have 41% less serum IL-6 levels, a marker of inflammation in their bodies, than women who only recently have taken up the activity.
Chronically high levels of inflammation are known to play a role in certain conditions, including asthma, cardiovascular disease, and depression. Participants completed three stressful tasks in succession, but when yoga experts were exposed to stress, they experienced 41% less inflammation than yoga novices did. Subjects had catheters placed in their arms to collect blood samples periodically for key markers of inflammation, one of which is a protein called IL-6. Across all the tasks and other experimental scenarios, the seasoned yogis' IL-6 levels were 41% lower than the novices'. Yoga focuses on deep breathing and controlling breathing, which may slow down the body's "fight or flight" response. Yoga also involves meditation, which helps people learn to pay attention to how they are feeling. So yoga experts may be more aware of their stress and better able to control their response to it. Finally, yoga is a form of exercise, which is known to decrease inflammation.
This UK-based prospective population-based study investigated the association between active commuting and incident cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, and all-cause mortality. The study included 263,450 participants (106, 674 (52%) women; mean age 52.6) from 22 sites across the UK. The exposure variable was the mode of transport used (walking, cycling, mixed mode v non-active (car or public transport)) to commute to and from work on a typical day. The study found that commuting by cycling was associated with a lower risk of all-cause mortality and adverse CVD and cancer outcomes, in a dose dependent manner and independent of a range of confounding factors.
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