WOMEN in their 70s who exercise and eat healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables have a longer life expectancy, according to to a study.

Researchers in the US found that the women who were most physically active and had the highest fruit and vegetable consumption were eight times more likely to survive the five-year follow-up period than the women with the lowest rates.

“A number of studies have measured the positive impact of exercise and healthy eating on life expectancy, but what makes this study unique is that we looked at these two factors together,” said Dr Emily J Nicklett, from the University of Michigan.