Eating a healthy diet, taking regular exercise, stress management, and having a good social life have long been known to promote healthy aging. However, for the first time researchers have found that making positive lifestyle changes can actually lengthen telomeres—the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that affect how quickly cells age.
Cognitive Activity is Key to Staying Sharp in Retirement
The more you use your brain - and the more you enjoy doing it - the more likely you are to stay mentally sharp in your golden years, so suggest results of a study by researchers from Concordia University. Larry Baer and colleagues, analyzed data collected over 4-years from 333 recent retirees.
Society-Wide Benefits of Delaying Aging
Observing that: "Recent scientific advances suggest that slowing the aging process (senescence) is now a realistic goal…yet most medical research remains focused on combating individual diseases," Dana Goldman, from the University of Southern California (USC; California, USA), and colleagues submit that research to delay aging and the infirmities of old age would have better population health and economic returns, as compared to advances in individual fatal diseases such as cancer and...
Walking to Work Reduces Risk of Diabetes, High Blood Pressure
People who walk to work are 40 percent less likely to have diabetes, and 17 percent less likely to have high blood pressure, as compared to those who commute via driving or taking a taxi.
Unhealthy Lifestyle Raises Disability Risk
Previous research has demonstrated that unhealthy behaviors raise a person’s risks of obesity, diabetes, cancer, stroke, and sudden cardiac death. Alexis Elbaz, from the Institut National de la Sante et de la Recherche Medicale (France), and colleagues analyzed data collected in the French Three- City study, which enrolled community-living adults ages 65 and older in Dijon, Bordeaux, and Montpelier.
Volunteering Boosts Happiness
Adding to a growing body of evidence suggesting that volunteering may benefit mental health and longevity, Suzanne H. Richards, from the University of Exeter Medical School (United Kingdom), and colleagues analyzed data from 40 published papers and found that volunteers were at a 20 percent lower risk of death, as compared to non-volunteers.
Simple Steps Help to Reduce Heart Disease Risk
How long a person sleeps, as a factor itself or in combination with physical activity, a healthy diet, limited alcohol intake, and no smoking, may significantly reduce the risk of heart disease.
Sedentary Lifestyle Raises Stroke Risks
People who consider themselves physically inactive are at increased risk of stroke.
Long-Term Well-Being Linked to Outgoing Personality
Young adults who are more outgoing or more emotionally stable are happier in later life, as compared to their more introverted or less emotionally stable peers.
Fruit & Veggie Shortfall Shortens Lifespan
Eating fewer than five servings of fruit and vegetables each day may raise a person’s risks of dying prematurely.
Society-Wide Benefits of Anti-Aging Medicine
People are remaining healthy later in life.
Total Exercise Time Trumps Frequency
The World Health Organization recommend that adults accumulate 150 minutes or more per week, of moderate-tovigorous physical activity, and Canadian researchers find that achieving a total of 150 weekly minutes of exercise, regardless of how often the activity was conducted, is key in minimizing risk factors for diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Big Benefits of Bicycling
As a form of commuting, bicycling has positive effects on weight, and parameters of cardiovascular health.
Green Spaces Promote Well-Being
Enabling city dwellers to reconnect with nature, parks and urban gardens help to relieve mental distress and improve life satisfaction.
Health Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet
As compared to people whose diets include meats, fish, and eggs, those who consume a plant-based diet have lower rates of both death and diseases.
Food for Thought
Consuming a Mediterranean diet—rich in olive oil, nuts, as well as fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and limited amounts of dairy products, red meat, soda drinks, processed meats, and sweets— with added extra-virgin olive oil or mixed nuts, improves the brain power of older men and women at high vascular risk due to underlying diseases or conditions.
Exercise Your Brain
Mild cognitive impairment (cognitive decline that is more than normal for someone of a specific age) affects 10–25 percent of people over age 70. The annual rate of decline to dementia (which is cognitive decline in several areas along with some functional ability) is about 10 percent. With an aging population, it is estimated that the prevalence of dementia worldwide will escalate sharply.
Stand Tall to Live Independently
A number of published studies suggest that healthy spinal posture is important in aging men and women who wish independence in everyday life.
Fitness Regimen Helps to Lower Blood Pressure
The American Heart Association (AHA) issued a statement in support of aerobic exercise, resistance or strength training and isometric handgrip exercises to lower high blood pressure (hypertension).
Anti-Aging Lifestyle Reduces Cardiovascular & Cancer Risks
The anti-aging lifestyle includes behaviors such as not smoking achieving a healthy blood sugar and blood pressure engaging in regular physical activity maintaining healthy total cholesterol and body mass index (BMI) and eating a healthy diet.