Two more risks join smoking on deadly list

PROLONGED sitting and unhealthy sleep patterns have been added to the list of risk factors associated with premature death among older Australians.

They join smoking, high alcohol intake, poor diet and physical inactivity as the most common deadly habits among middle-aged and older Australians.

Australian researchers have used the six behaviours in a lifestyle score that can be used to predict a person's risk of death. Using mortality data for over 230,000 Australians aged 45 and up, they found there was a clear association between the number of risk factors, as