Where you live can make you grow older. I’m Laurie Edwards-Tate with “LifeCycles.”

Last week we reported a survey by the website Real Age looking at factors that influence aging. Real Age surveyed 28 million adults, and learned that smoking, drinking, high stress and unemployment, along with obesity and high cholesterol cause premature aging. Real Age says Knoxville, Tennessee is the city where residents age before their time. Other cities making the list: Memphis and Nashville; Louisville Kentucky; Oklahoma City, and the home of Super Bowl 46, Indianapolis.

Living in an unhealthy city means you’re fighting a tougher battle, because you are exposed to more bad influences. Support groups can make a big difference. This is true anywhere you live.

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