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Lifestyle and longevity – Malaya

Biologists have estimated that the human body has the potential to last 120 years, if not abused and properly cared for.

WISDOM, discipline, and lifestyle play a great role in peoples longevity. The COVID-19 pandemic is a good example. While seniors, especially those with health issues, are more prone to get infected, a great majority of them have been so careful and vigilant, they have eluded the virus, compared to careless, arrogant younger ones who were not so disciplined, got infected, many of them dying anyway, in spite of what their genetic code for lifespan was.

According to the University of Minnesota, deaths among young people, ages 25 to 44 in New York, was around 38% as of December 17, 2020. Thats almost half of the death rate for seniors. Indeed, a healthy lifestyle impacts longevity.

COVID-19 cases worldwide have reached almost 110 million, with about 2.5 million deaths; USA nearly 28.5 million cases and almost half a million deaths; and the Philippines about 553,000 and around 12,000 deaths.

Almost 180 million doses of the anti-COVID-19 vaccines have been administered worldwide. In the USA, about 55 million, or about 11.6 percent of the US population, have received the vaccine. Around 12.6 million doses a day are being administered.

Only about a century ago, the average lifespan of American men was 46, and today it is 78.93, an added bonus of 32.93 years, according to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biologists have estimated that the human body has the potential to last 120 years, if not abused and properly cared for. The fountain of youth appears to be a healthy lifestyle.

How we live will forecast 75% of how far we can get.

There are a few strategies proven by scientific researches which can maximize longevity.

The studies also calculated how many added years each regimen will confer upon the person who uses any of them. While the benefits are not cumulative, the more strategies one uses, the greater the chance of enjoying a longer life.

For instance, cutting down on the use of cell phone while driving adds 45 seconds to your life for each call you do not make. According to Dr. Donald A. Redelmeier of the University of Toronto, everyday, 99 years of life are lost because of driving accidents while one driver is on the phone.

Having sex often, if possible, and live longer. Studies revealed that there is an inversely proportional dose-response relationship between orgasms and heart problems. The more sex, the lesser the risk of suffering a heart malady. One study of 918 men showed that those who had sex the most often had 50% less risk of death from heart ailment.

Cutting down on calorie intake (amount of food you eat) by one third of what you now eat, can lower cholesterol and increase your life by 2 to 3 years. Leaving the dining table less than full is a healthy practice.

A UCLA School of Public Health study shows that men who took 300 mg vitamin C or more a day, lived 5.5 year longer than those whose intake was less than 50 mg. Getting enough vitamin C from vegetables and fruits is the best way of doing it.

Helping your spouse take care of your children has been found to increase longevity.Lowering the cholesterol from 239 to 200 adds 6 months to one lifespan, and dropping a high level of 300 down to 200 gives an additional 4 years to life. This can be achieved by diet, exercise, and if needed, by cholesterol-lowering drugs.

Go to church twice a week and extend your life to 7-14 years longer, as reported in Demography. Besides, learning abstinence from tobacco and alcohol, religion in this case also provides strong social and psychological ties and other good practices conducive to a healthier lifestyle.

A research has shown that an active social life can add nearly 10 years to life. Those with practically no friends, minimal social contacts, live 4.5 years shorter.

Among 10,000 men studied, those who have the highest level of aerobic fitness lived 8.7 years longer than those least-fit individuals.

Having regular medical check-up increases longevity by 2 to 3 years, by preventing diseases and detecting diseases in their early, curable, stages.

Eating less red meat extends life up to 9 years. A diet of fish, soy, legumes and beans, and other vegetables, increases life expectancy by 13%. Limiting red meat to 3 ounces twice a week, if not eliminating it totally, in exchange for chicken meat, will do the trick.

Get a dog and walking him every day will add 5 years to your life. The studies at the Cooper Institute reported that men who walked briskly for 30 minutes a day, five times a week, prolong their lifespan by five years.

Those who abstained from tobacco live five years longer, compared to smokers. Alcoholics die at least 8 years sooner than disciplined imbibers or non-drinkers.

A normal or medically-controlled blood pressure increases your longevity by five to 5.3 years. The standard normal blood pressure level, which used to be 120/80, has been lowered to about 115/70. You can cut your risk of dying by 13% in the next two decades by ignoring fast food fries/hamburger chains, as borne out by a study on 3,000 men. Also, controlling body weight to normal confers between 8 to 20 added months to longevity.

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Philip S. Chua, MD, FACS, FPCS, a Cardiac Surgeon Emeritus based in Northwest Indiana and Las Vegas, Nevada, is an international medical lecturer/author, a Health Public Advocate, and Chairman of the Filipino United Network-USA, a 501(c)3 humanitarian and anti-graft foundation in the United States. Visit our websites: philipSchua.com and FUN8888.com Email: scalpelpen@gmail.com

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Bia-Echo Foundation invest $8M in Singapore to study women’s reproductive longevity – BSA bureau

A new NUS research at Bia-Echo Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality will study ways to advance female fertility, lifespan and health-span

The Centre, to be established at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at Singapore's National University of Singapore (NUS), was made possible by an $8 million gift from the Bia-Echo Foundation, based in the USA, whose founder is attorney and entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan.

Research initiatives at the Centre will be led by scientists and clinicians from NUS Medicine and other institutions here as well as the Asia-Pacific, US and Europe, and specializing in womens reproductive health, aging, and digital medicine. The effort will seek to find ways to improve and lengthen female reproductive health and longevity, helping women to preserve and improve their reproductive systems for conception and general health, potentially enabling women to conceive safely in their later years.

Declining fertility and associated health risks

The issue of female fertility has come into sharp focus in recent years, with more women getting married later and having children later in life. In Singapore, the number of women giving birth in their 40s has almost doubled in the last three to four decades, according to data from Singapores Department of Statistics.

The number of births per 1000 women aged between 40-45 was 9.9 in 2019, nearly double the number recorded between 1980 to 1989. However, conception is an uphill task for women above 40 as fertility declines with age. The chances of natural conception fall to less than 5% and this also often comes with serious health risks and complications, such as miscarriages and premature live births, and higher chances of having a child with Downs Syndrome.

Furthermore, as women in their 40s approach menopause, they also face increasing health issues such as metabolic diseases, neurocognitive decline, osteoporosis, and poor urogenital health, which result in poorer general health. Current medical approaches to assist conception include the use of fertility drugs, as well as reproductive assistance technologies. Their efficacy, however, remains limited as the woman ages.

Bia-Echo Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality:

The centerspecificallyaims to;

The vision of the US-based Bia-Echo Foundation, a private enterprise founded to accelerate social change to establish a fair and equitable society for generations to thrive, aligns with that of the NUS medical school, said its Dean, Professor Chong Yap Seng.

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Superfoods: What are They and Could They Aid in Longevity – Longevity LIVE – Longevity LIVE

The problematic thing about superfoods is that they dont actually exist. Technically, when it comes to nutrition, there is no such thing. This is because no food can provide all the proper vitamins and minerals your body needs. However, the term superfood has been around for a while now, and it doesnt seem to be going anywhere. Ideally, you need to combine a variety of healthy foods in order to fulfil your bodys nutritional needs. A balanced diet is always the answer, and its vital to remember that no single food is a fix all.

When it comes down to it, the term superfood is simply a marketing ploy. However, foods that are recognized as superfoods are typically extremely healthy. Merriam Webster defines superfoods as a food that is rich in [beneficial] compounds (antioxidants, fiber, and fatty acids) that is considered beneficial to a persons health. Essentially, it can be defined loosely as a food that offers high levels of beneficial nutrients. It usually includes foods that are linked to promoting personal health and wellness or preventing disease and sickness.

The short answer is no, certain superfoods do provide benefits when included in a healthy, balanced diet. Its important to remember that its all about balance. Even when it comes to superfoods. Our bodies require a wide range of vitamins and nutrients in order to function properly. That being said, there are superfoods that would be great to include in your diet.

Its pretty well documented that dark, leafy greens are of huge benefit. They are a fabulous source of nutrients such as folate, zinc, calcium, fiber, iron, magnesium, and even vitamin C. The reason for their superfood status is likely due to their ability to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses. These include illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes type 2. Leafy greens also contain high levels of carotenoids. These are anti-inflammatory compounds that have been found to reduce the risk of some cancers.

Examples of dark leafy greens:

Berries are often marketed as superfoods, and its not all marketing nonsense. They are packed to the brim with

Examples of berries

Green tea is well known for its health benefits. The main source of its benefits comes from the antioxidant called catechin. Catechins in green tea are likely what gives it its medicinal properties. Greens tea is helpful in protecting against chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It can be consumed in tea form or alternatively, as a supplement.

They are all packed full of nutrients and can play a key role in the management of various diseases such as diabetes type 2. And are also rich in B vitamins,

minerals, protein, and fiber. Other benefits of legumes and pulses include reducing blood pressure and cholesterol.

Examples of legumes and pulses:

Salmon earns its title as a superfood due to the fact that it is a powerhouse of nutrients. It contains healthy fats, protein,

Another well-known superfood, avocado is highly nutritious and extremely popular. One of the best aspects

Although superfoods dont really exist, there are foods that are hugely beneficial and extremely healthy. In order to stay healthy, a balanced diet is vital. Health cannot be supported by one food alone. Instead, your diet should be varied and include a wide variety of foods. Moderation is key when it comes to everything. This article makes mention of the main six superfoods. Others often included in the list include olive oil, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, garlic, turmeric, ginger, nuts, and seeds.Including superfoods in your diet could likely have many health benefits. These could include improved longevity due to a lower risk of chronic illnesses and diseases.

https://www.ucdavis.edu/food/what-makes-superfood-so-super/

https://www.unlockfood.ca/en/Articles/Cooking/Food-Preparation/All-about-dark-leafy-greens.aspx

Legumes and Pulses

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/true-superfoods#TOC_TITLE_HDR_6

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How to live longer: The four best sports for boosting longevity – Express

The positive impact exercise has on longevity is unequivocal. Numerous studies show that doing something is better than nothing but there is a lack of data on the sports that confer the greatest benefits. A study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine sought to address this.

Researchers examined the associations of six different types of sport/exercise with all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality risk in a large Scottish and English population-based pool.

Cardiovascular disease - a general term for conditions affecting the heart or blood vessels - is one of the leading causes of death in the world.

To gather their findings, the researchers analysed data on 80, 306 individuals.

Significant reductions in all-cause mortality were observed for participation in cycling, swimming, racquet sports and aerobics.

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No significant associations were found for participation in football and running.

A significant reduction in cardiovascular disease mortality was observed for participation in swimming, racquet sports and aerobics, but there were no significant associations for cycling, running and football.

In their concluding remarks, the researchers said: "These findings demonstrate that participation in specific sports may have significant benefits for public health.

"Future research should aim to further strengthen the sport-specific epidemiological evidence base and understanding of how to promote greater sports participation."

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People who exercise regularly have a lower risk of developing many long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and some cancers.

Research shows that physical activity can also boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy, as well as reducing your risk of stress, depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

"To stay healthy, adults should try to be active every day and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities," advises the NHS.

As the health body explains, the easiest way to get moving is to make activity part of everyday life, like walking or cycling instead of using the car to get around.

"However, the more you do, the better, and taking part in activities such as sports and exercise will make you even healthier," it adds.

To maximise the longevity benefits of exercise, you should also eat a healthy, balanced diet.

A healthy, balanced diet generally means eating a wide variety of foods in the right proportions, and consuming the right amount of food and drink to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight.

The Eatwell Guide shows that to have a healthy, balanced diet, people should try to:

It is worth noting that eating too much or too little of any of the major food groups can be bad for your health.

According to Bupa, different people need different amounts, depending on age, gender, and level of activity.

"If youre trying to lose weight, youll need to be particularly careful about portion control," warns the health body.

Ask your GP or a dietitian if youre unsure about your portion sizes, it adds.

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Bia-Echo Foundation invests $8M in Singapore to study women’s reproductive longevity – BSA bureau

A new NUS research at Bia-Echo Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality will study ways to advance female fertility, lifespan and health-span

The Centre, to be established at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at Singapore's National University of Singapore (NUS), was made possible by an $8 million gift from the Bia-Echo Foundation, based in the USA, whose founder is attorney and entrepreneur Nicole Shanahan.

Research initiatives at the Centre will be led by scientists and clinicians from NUS Medicine and other institutions here as well as the Asia-Pacific, US and Europe, and specializing in womens reproductive health, aging, and digital medicine. The effort will seek to find ways to improve and lengthen female reproductive health and longevity, helping women to preserve and improve their reproductive systems for conception and general health, potentially enabling women to conceive safely in their later years.

Declining fertility and associated health risks

The issue of female fertility has come into sharp focus in recent years, with more women getting married later and having children later in life. In Singapore, the number of women giving birth in their 40s has almost doubled in the last three to four decades, according to data from Singapores Department of Statistics.

The number of births per 1000 women aged between 40-45 was 9.9 in 2019, nearly double the number recorded between 1980 to 1989. However, conception is an uphill task for women above 40 as fertility declines with age. The chances of natural conception fall to less than 5% and this also often comes with serious health risks and complications, such as miscarriages and premature live births, and higher chances of having a child with Downs Syndrome.

Furthermore, as women in their 40s approach menopause, they also face increasing health issues such as metabolic diseases, neurocognitive decline, osteoporosis, and poor urogenital health, which result in poorer general health. Current medical approaches to assist conception include the use of fertility drugs, as well as reproductive assistance technologies. Their efficacy, however, remains limited as the woman ages.

Bia-Echo Asia Centre for Reproductive Longevity and Equality:

The centerspecificallyaims to;

The vision of the US-based Bia-Echo Foundation, a private enterprise founded to accelerate social change to establish a fair and equitable society for generations to thrive, aligns with that of the NUS medical school, said its Dean, Professor Chong Yap Seng.

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What Is Spirulina and What Are Its Benefits? – Longevity LIVE – Longevity LIVE

In todays modern world filled with quick, fast and processed food options, who doesnt want to eat the most nutrient-dense foods available? Spirulina is a blue-green algae and is believed to be one of the oldest life forms on the planet. Indeed, it was used by the Aztecs to boost endurance. These days its a popular dietary supplement due to its impressive nutritional profile. And theres good reason. Lets take a look at some of the reported benefits of spirulina and why you need it.

This sea alga, is known as cyanobacteria. These are single-celled microorganisms that also produce energy from the sun via photosynthesis. Despite being tiny, this alga is jam-packed with nutrients.

There are also decent amounts of magnesium, potassium, and manganese, as well as small amounts of just about every other nutrient that you need in spirulina. For more tips on supplements, visit Wellness Nova.

This alga represents an important staple diet in humans and has been used as a source of protein and vitamin supplement in humans without any significant side-effects. Apart from the high (up to 70%) content of protein, it also contains vitamins, especially B12 and provitamin A (-carotenes), and minerals, especially iron. It is also rich in phenolic acids, tocopherols and -linolenic acid. Spirulina lacks cellulose cell walls and therefore it can be easily digested. Spirulina contains a powerful plant-based protein called phycocyanin. Research shows that this powerhouse contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, pain-relieving, and brain-protecting properties.

Phycocyanin, the pigment that gives spirulina its blue-green pigment has been shown to block tumor growth, kill cancer cells and reduce inflammation in the body. Not surprisingly, this is being researched as a potential treatment for cancer. Many antioxidants in spirulina also have anti-inflammatory effects on the body.

The protein in spirulina has been shown to reduce the bodys absorption of cholesterol, consequently lowering overall levels of cholesterol. This helps to keep your arteries clear, thus reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks due to lower chances of developing blood clots.

Triglycerides are harmful fats in your blood that can lead to the hardening of arteries, heightening your chances of pancreatitis, diabetes, and heart disease. The plant-based protein phycocyanin found in spirulina reduces triglyceride levels.

Spirulina also increases nitric oxide levels in the body, allowing blood vessels to relax. This in turn has been shown to reduce blood pressure, consequently lowering your risk of a heart attack.

According to Medical News Today, spirulina shows promise as a way to manage the symptoms of diabetes. But more research is needed before doctors can recommend it.

A2018 review studyfound that spirulina supplementation significantly lowered peoples fasting blood glucose levels. High fasting blood sugar is a common problem in people with diabetes type 1 and 2. This suggests that spirulina supplements may help people control diabetes.

These results suggest that spirulina shows promise as a food to supporttype 2 diabetesmanagement.

A2017 animal studysupports the idea that spirulina may help manage diabetes. In this study, the researchers gave mice withtype 1 diabetesspirulina extract orally. As a result, the mice showed:

The researchers note that the antioxidant effect of spirulina may be helpful in treating type 1 diabetes.

This super food contains a plethora of minerals, nutrients, and vitamins, essential for maintaining a strong immune system, such as vitamins E, C, and B6. Research has shown that spirulina also increases the number of white blood cells and antibodies that fight viruses and diseases inside the body.

Its often erroneously claimed that spirulina is a plant-based source of vitamin B12. However, this does not appear to be true. It actually contains pseudovitamin B12, which has not been shown to be effective in humans. This means that people on plant-based diets, where a vitamin B12 deficiency is common, should make sure to supplement from another source.

Taking spirulina may help boost a persons metabolism. A higher metabolic rate may make a person feel as if they have more energy. It may also increase the number of calories they burn each day, which may aid weight loss.

Spirulina is a tiny blue-green alga jam-packed with health-inducing properties. It can suppress oxidation, reduce blood pressure, and lower blood sugar levels, all while providing a plant-based protein that is comparable to eggs. While more research is needed to determine its effects on humans, it is definitely worthy of its superfood status.

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