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Letters Healthy lifestyle and healthy life expectancy

Healthy lifestyle and life expectancy: fund prevention programmes to end the cycle of preventable morbidity

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 04 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m427
  1. Gabriel L Van Duinen, peer assisted learning facilitator
  1. Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School, 4 Eastern Road, North Ryde, NSW 2109, Australia
  1. gabriel.vanduinen{at}

I thank Li and colleagues for their paper which adds to the significant body of evidence showing that adopting simple lifestyle modifications can improve life expectancy free of chronic disease.1

Health policy in Western countries does not give enough emphasis or funding to preventive care. In the UK, in the past five years, £900m (€1bn; $1.2bn) has been cut …

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