So you say that longevity doesnt run in your family? Good news: You can change that. Turns out, your genes only have a 10 percent influence on how long youll live, and experts say that the choices you make throughout your life are much more important. At the beginning of the 20th century, the average lifespan was 31 years; today, its almost triple that, thanks to the cumulative effect of many, mostly minor, life tweaks that science has determined to have a real effect. The sooner you start applying these tips, the sooner you can start thinking about what youll be doing 50 years from now. What are you waiting for? (And while youre at it, check out these 40 Best Things to Do in Your 40s!)
There are a lot of mean old men, but are there a lot of mean very old men? Probably not, a 2012 study on aging suggests. Researchers from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University found a correlation between optimism and longer lifespans. A positive attitude toward life can be the difference between checking out early and being the last one at the party. For inspiration, try these 25 Ways to Be Happier Now.
Its well-established that yoga is relaxing, but have you ever thought about the cumulative effects of lower blood pressure, less stress, a healthy weight, less anxiety, and better breathing? Well, you should: Its a longer life.
Among those 65 and older, one out of five falls causes a serious injury like a broken bone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Though youve likely heard that sipping milk can help keep your bones strong and healthy, so can grapefruit juice, say Texas A&M University researchers. Studies show that the juice can improve bone density and slow the rate of bone loss. Juice a fresh grapefruit or eat one whole to reap the benefits. And be sure to fill your kitchen with more of the25 Foods to Keep You Young Forever.
Believe it or not, studies show that sleeping naked can slow the aging process. How? As we sleep, our bodies cool slightly, causing reparative growth hormones to be released. If youre too warm, you get fewer of those hormones. Plus, being cooler reduces the bodys level of cortisol, the stress hormone that can lead to overeating, diabetes and disease-causing inflammation.
Remember the 2012 study that found an optimistic outlook can extend lifespan? It found that a love of laughter can too. The 243 centenarians that researchers studied considered laughter to be important part of life. For a quick pick-you-up, try one of these 10 Drug-Free Ways to Fight Depression.
In their book The Longevity Project, authors Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin wrote that being conscientious was one of the best predictors of a long life. They posited that people who are diligent and responsible may be more likely to adopt healthy behaviors, may be less prone to disease and may find more success in relationships and in the workplace.
A study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine found that vegetarians have a 12 percent lower risk of premature death than meat eaters.
According to a study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research, people who practiced intermittent fastingeating for six days and fasting for oneshowed an increase in a longevity-boosting gene called SIRT 3 after 10 weeks. And before you ask: The participants didnt follow a particularly healthy diet. Both feast and fast diets included things like Oreos, cake, and bagels with cream cheese.
This one really is a no-brainer. But if you insist on seeing a study that shows smoking cigarettes is like playing Russian Roulette, here you are: Research published in the journal The Lancet followed 1.3 million people between 1996 and 2001. The study showed that giving up cigarettes helped subjects live 10 years longer than if theyd continued smoking.
According to a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, adults who developed positive attitudes about getting older lived more than seven years longer than those who had negative feelings about it. Thats just one of the 40 Things to Do in Your 40s.
Want another reason to join the standing-desk craze? Sitting for less than three hours a day could add two years to your life, according to a theoretical analysis of existing data published in BMJ Open.
For decades, Japan has had the worlds longest life expectancy. But The Lancet suggests that may soon be outpaced by Spain, Italy, and Australia. But you dont have to move far away: Men in Canada live a full four years longer, on average, than their American counterparts.
According to research from The University of Queensland, Australia, every hour of TV you watch after age 25 cuts your lifespan by about 22 minutes. Researchers also found that people who spent an average of six hours a day watching TV died nearly five years earlier than people who didnt watch any TV at all.
A 65-year-old Hawaiian will live another 16.2 years, on average. Thats compared to another 10.6 years in Mississippi, the state with the lowest longevity rankings, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, Hawaii is one of our picks for the Best Exotic Vacations in the World.
Although time spent watching the boob tube is associated with shorter lifespans, researchers who followed the news-gathering habits of more than 1,100 Italian adults found that people who had the most exposure to media were also the healthiest eaters. (Healthy eating, of course, is strongly linked with staying above ground longer.)
A study published in BioMed Centra showed that people who eat nuts have a 39 percent lower risk of early death than people who dontand walnut eaters, in particular, have a 45 percent lower risk of dying early. Walnuts, for the record, are just one of the 25 Foods to Keep You Young Forever.
It could cause you to tap out. A study published in Public Health Nutrition in 2012 found that people who cook at home up to five times a week were 47 percent more likely to still be alive 10 years later than those who didnt.
If youre going to take advice about how to stay alive, who better to consult than the worlds oldest living dude? Carmelo Flores Laura, a notable centenarian, told he owes his longevity to regular exercise. I walk a lot, thats all, Flores told the Associated Press. Jump-start your way to a fit new you with The Worlds Fastest Full-Body Workout.
A 2011 study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine found that the 20 U.S. counties with the highest life expectancy had an average altitude of 5,967 feet above sea level. That added 1.2 to 3.6 years to a mans life, lowering the risk of death from heart disease.
According to a Duke University Medical Center study, baby boomers who remain hitched are less likely to die early than their single peers. The findings were based on surveying 4,800 people born in the 1940s.
Youre only as old as the person you feel. Its supposed to be a joke, but there may just be some truth to it. Especially if you listen to 100-year-old Daisy Dunnett, who says she owes her longevity to having a younger husband. I really think I would be dead if it was not for him, she says. If youre elderly and on your own, its easy to give up and not feed yourself properly.
In a study of 1,700 married adults, researchers from Brigham Young University found that that the more arguing there was in the relationship, the worse the adults health.
The authors of The Longevity Project found that women who get divorced, often leaving a bad marriage, tend to thrive, as do single and widowed women. Why? Women were able to rely on other friends, whereas many men depended on their wives for their social networks and so were devastated when they lost these ties, one of the researchers said.
Youve got more than cavities to worry about if you dont brush and floss as often as your dentist recommends. Poor oral hygiene has been associated with shortened life expectancy. Maintaining a healthy mouth can lower risks for heart disease, dementia and stroke. So invest in a really good electric toothbrush.
Because a cup of joe is high in antioxidants, it can actually lower your risk for diabetes, liver damage, several cancers and depression. For that reason, its one of these 20 Amazing Healing Foods!
A long-term study published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that those who drank an average of more than four cups of coffee a day were at a 21 percent higher risk for death than those who consumed less that that amount.
According to a Harvard University study published in 2008, people who stay in school for at least 12 years have more years of life ahead than those who dont complete high school. The research involved analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Mortality Study. A 2012 report from the CDCs National Center for Health Statistics went even further, finding that those who earned a bachelors degree lived nine years longer than those who only completed high school. To stay whip-smart, try these 13 Tips for a Sharper Brain!
Research from the University of Waterloo showed an association between attractiveness and longevity. Researchers asked people to rate the attractiveness of 17-year-olds from pictures taken of them in the 1920s. Those who scored higher in attractiveness lived longerto 76, on averagethan their less-attractive counterparts (who lived on average to 69). For more ways on looking your best, be sure to check out these 10 Ways to Look 10 Years Younger.
Research shows that urbanites tend to live longer and healthier than their country-mouse counterparts. Its thought thats because of higher rates of cigarette use, obesity, and chronic health conditions (such as diabetes and hypertension) among people who live in the hinterlands.
A study showed that male Holocaust survivors lived longer than men of the same age group who immigrated to Israel before Nazi rule. The studys authors write that this counterintuitive finding could be a display of post-traumatic growth, leading these men to greater meaning and satisfaction in their later lives.
In WebMDs 2008 survey of centenarians, 84 percent of respondents say that staying in touch with ones spirituality is very important for healthy aging. And follow these 25 Life-Changing Lessons from Super-Successful Men!
A regular short nap dramatically cuts the risk of dying from coronary heart disease, especially for working men. A cohort study of nearly 24,000 people over six years found that occasional nappers had a 12 percent lower coronary mortality, while those who napped at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes had a 37 percent lower mortality.
More than five million Americans are estimated to have Alzheimers diseasea number thats expected to nearly triple by 2050 if there are no significant medical breakthroughs, according to the Alzheimers Association. Theres a genetic basis to Alzheimers, and if the disease runs in your family, its especially important to make changes to your lifestyle to minimize your risk. Just adding more blueberries to your diet can help. Rich in antioxidants that give them their purple or deep red color, the berries protect cells from damage by changing the way neurons in the brain communicate and reducing the accumulation of protein clumps most frequently seen in Alzheimers. In one study, older adults who supplemented with blueberry juice for just 12 weeks scored higher on memory tests than those receiving a placebo. So stock upand fill your kitchen with these 25 Foods to Keep You Young Forever!
According to a study by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) and University College London, experiencing a traumatic incident as a child could actually make you more likely to die early.
Restricting calories and never overeating is one reason that the population of Okinawa, Japan, has a large concentration of centenarians, according to Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones: Places on Earth Where More People Live Longer, Healthier Lives. Fill your diet with these 25 Foods Men Over 45 Should Eat!
The link between increased sugar and diabetes risk is right up there with smoking causes lung cancer on the list of immutable medical truthsdespite what soda manufacturers are trying to tell us. But Mayo Clinic researchers have even gone further, saying that added dietary fructoseeither as table sugar or the main component of high-fructose corn syrupmay be the number-one cause of diabetes, and cutting sugar alone could slash deaths from the condition.
A Harvard School of Public Health study showed that older people with the highest levels of omega-3s in their blood lived 2.2 years longer (on average) than those with low omega-3 blood levels. You can find plentiful omega-3 fatty acids in fish, as well as some vegetables and seeds. Salmon is only one of 20 Amazing Healing Foods!
Volunteers may live longer than people who dont give of their time, according to a University of Michigan study. Published in 2013 in the journal Psychology and Aging, it posited that people who give back could be rewarded with lower blood pressure and therefore a longer lifespan.
Several studies have shown that when were reminded of our own mortality, were more likely to make better decisions about our own health, like using sunscreen, smoking less and exercising more. And while youre at it, adopt these 25 Life-Changing Lessons from Super-Successful Men!
Danish researchers discovered that a key predictor of long life in otherwise-healthy middle-aged and elderly men was resting heart rateregardless of fitness level or other health behaviors.
It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower. This noted muscle builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. Aim for 1 cup fresh spinach or 1/2 cup cooked per day. Its only one of these 20 Amazing Healing Foods!
Researchers from the University of Geneva calculated that among people with a sedentary lifestyle, simply taking the stairs was enough physical activity to burn body fat and lower blood pressureenough to cut their risk of an early death by 15 percent.
A 2013 study linked a diet heavy in processed meatslike sausage and baconto a higher risk of dying from cancer and heart disease.
According to an article published in US News & World Report, meeting or exceeding the World Health Organizations recommendation to get 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week can add about four years to your life, as compared to never exercising. Fire up your metabolism with The Best Workout to Banish Your Belly and Boredom!
Tel Aviv University researchers followed 820 adults for 20 years and found that those with the most social support from coworkers lived the longest. People who kept themselves to themselves during the nine-to-five were 2.4 times more likely to die during the study period.
In a 2010 study, researchers examined smile intensity among a series of photos of baseball players from the 1950s. Of the players who had died during the years 2006 to 2009, those who didnt smile in their pictures lived an average of 72.9 years, while the biggest smilers lived seven full years longer! Need some inspiration? Check out these 25 Ways to Be Happier Now!
A 2005 study cited by the World Health Organization estimates that the simple act of hand-washing could save more lives worldwide than any vaccine or other medical intervention.
According to a 2012 analysis of data from the Copenhagen City Heart study, a moderate jogging habit can add between five and six years to your life. But before you lace up for ultramarathon training, consider research from the University of South Carolina. It found that people who run more than 20 miles a week, faster than 7 miles an hour, or more than five times a week seem to lose the longevity boost.
A 2011 study found that people who ate cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage, tend to live longer lives. Researchers suggest this may be tied to the veggies vitamin C and nutrient count. For more life-lengthening foods, learn how to Stay Young and Lean With These 20 Anti-Aging Superfoods.
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