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Selected Article
The Combined Effects of Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors on All-Cause Mortality: The Golestan Cohort Study 1

 •Corresponding author and reprints: Ahmad Esmaillzadeh PhD, Department of Community Nutrition, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, P. O. Box: 81745-151. Tel: +98-311-792-2720,

Reza Malekzadeh MD, Shariati Hospital, North Kargar St. Digestive Disease Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, P. O. Box: 14117–13135. Tel: +98-21-82415169, E–mail:

Accepted for publication: 31 August 2016

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Authors: Akbar Fazel-tabar Malekshah1, Marsa Zaroudi2, Arash Etemadi3, Farhad Islami4, Sadaf Sepanlou5, Maryam Sharafkhah6, Abbas-Ali Keshtkar7, Hooman Khademi8, Hossein Poustchi9, Azita Hekmatdoost10, Akram Pourshams11, Akbar Feiz Sani12, Elham Jafari13, Farin Kamangar14, Sanford M Dawsey15, Christian C Abnet16, Paul D Pharoah17, Paul J Berennan18, Paolo Boffetta19, Ahmad Esmaillzadeh20,
Keywords: Alternative healthy eating index, Golestan cohort study, life style score, mortality

 BACKGROUND: Most studies that have evaluatedthe association between combined lifestyle factors and mortality outcomes have been conducted in populations of developed countries.

Objectives: The aim of this study was to examine the association between combined lifestyle scores and risk of all-cause and cause-specific mortality for the first time among Iranian adults.
METHODS: The study population included 50,045 Iranians, 40 – 75 years of age, who were enrolled in the Golestan Cohort Study, between 2004 and 2008. The lifestyle risk factors used in this study included cigarette smoking, physical inactivity, and Alternative Healthy Eating Index. The lifestyle score ranged from zero (non-healthy) to 3 (most healthy) points. From the study baseline up to analysis, a total of 4691 mortality cases were recorded. Participants with chronic diseases at baseline, outlier reports of calorie intake, missing data, and body mass index of less than 18.5 were excluded from the analyses. Cox regression models were fitted to establish the association between combined lifestyle scores and mortality outcomes. 
RESULTS: After implementing the exclusion criteria, data from 40,708 participants were included in analyses. During 8.08 years of follow-up, 3,039 cases of all-cause mortality were recorded. The adjusted hazard ratio of a healthy lifestyle score, compared with non-healthy lifestyle score, was 0.68(95% CI: 0.54, 0.86) for all-cause mortality, 0.53(95% CI: 0.37, 0.77) for cardiovascular mortality, and 0.82(95% CI: 0.53; 1.26) for mortality due to cancer. When we excluded the first two years of follow up from the analysis, the protective association between healthy lifestyle score and cardiovascular death did not change much 0.55 (95% CI: 0.36, 0.84), butthe inverse association with all-cause mortality became weaker 0.72 (95% CI: 0.55, 0.94), and the association with cancer mortality wasnon-significant 0.92 (95% CI: 0.58, 1.48). In the gender-stratified analysis, we found an inverse strong association between adherence to healthy lifestyle and mortality from all causes and cardiovascular disease in either gender, but no significant relationship was seen with mortality from cancer inmen or women. Stratified analysis of BMI status revealed an inverse significant association between adherence to healthy lifestyle and mortality from all causes, cardiovascular diseaseand cancer among non-obese participants. 
CONCLUSION: We found evidence indicating that adherence to a healthy lifestyle, compared to non-healthy lifestyle, was associated with decreased risk of all-cause mortality andmortality fromcardiovascular diseases in Iranian adults.
ISSN:1029-2977       Article type:Original
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