A new study by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that people who follow six healthy habits – healthy weight, non-smoking, regular exercise, adequate sleep, healthy diet, and moderate alcohol consumption – reduced their risk of long COVID by 50%.
The study involved over 32,000 female nurses and found that a healthy lifestyle may provide protection against “long COVID.”
Lead author Dr. Siwen Wang stated that following these healthy habits could have prevented 36% of long COVID cases if everyone in the study followed them.
The study also found that healthy weight and adequate sleep were the most strongly linked habits to a lower risk of long COVID. However, more studies are needed to confirm the relationship between a healthy lifestyle and lower long COVID risk.
The findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine and suggest that simple lifestyle changes such as getting enough sleep and regular exercise may have a significant impact on the prevention of long COVID.
According to Dr. Marc Siegel, a healthy lifestyle leads to less inflammation in the body, which may explain the association with a lower risk of persistent post-COVID symptoms.