Habits that Promote Longevity

Posted by M ws On Wednesday, March 14, 2012 5 comments
Here's a fantastic article that YK shared with me. It was originally published in US News on 20th Feb 2009 but updated and republished in 2012, January.

11 Health Habits That Will Help You Live to 100

You don't need to eat yogurt and live on a mountaintop, but you do need to floss

By Deborah Kotz, US News

One of the biggest factors that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Not convinced? A study published in 2009 in the British Medical Journal of 20,000 British folks shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol.

While those are some of the obvious steps you can take to age well, researchers have discovered that centenarians tend to share certain traits in how they eat, move about, and deal with stress—the sorts of things we can emulate to improve our own aging process. Of course, getting to age 100 is enormously more likely if your parents did. (Recent research suggests that centenarians are 20 times as likely as the average person to have at least one long-lived relative.) Still, Thomas Perls, who studies the century-plus set at Boston University School of Medicine, believes that assuming you've sidestepped genes for truly fatal diseases like Huntington's, "there's nothing stopping you from living independently well into your 90s." Heck, if your parents and grandparents were heavy smokers, they might have died prematurely without ever reaching their true potential lifespan, so go ahead and shoot for those triple digits. Follow these 12 habits and check out Perls' lifetime risk calculator to see how long you can expect to live.

1. Don't retire. "Evidence shows that in societies where people stop working abruptly, the incidence of obesity and chronic disease skyrockets after retirement," says Luigi Ferrucci, director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. The Chianti region of Italy, which has a high percentage of centenarians, has a different take on leisure time. "After people retire from their jobs, they spend most of the day working on their little farm, cultivating grapes or vegetables," he says. "They're never really inactive." Farming isn't for you? Volunteer as a docent at your local art museum or join the Experience Corps, a program offered in 19 cities that places senior volunteers in urban public elementary schools for about 15 hours a week.

2. Floss every day. That may help keep your arteries healthy. A 2008 New York University study showed that daily flossing reduced the amount of gum-disease-causing bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria is thought to enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation in the arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease. Other research has shown that those who have high amounts of bacteria in their mouth are more likely to have thickening in their arteries, another sign of heart disease. "I really do think people should floss twice a day to get the biggest life expectancy benefits," says Perls.

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Have a happy and healthy life!

5 comments to Habits that Promote Longevity

  1. says:

    Abellpoll One of the biggest factors that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Not convinced? A study published in 2009 in the British Medical Journal of 20,000 British folks shows that you can cut your risk of having a stroke in half by doing the following four things: being active for 30 minutes a day, eating five daily servings of fruit and vegetables, and avoiding cigarettes and excess alcohol.Herbal Remedies

  1. says:

    cin2tan MY effective way on 'distress' : rearing + bleeding ...oops sorri ...breeding fishes esp 'Flower horn' which hatch & jaga2 the babies
    & can bleed your fingers kalau masuk dalam their territory !!

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear Abellpoll,

    Thank you for visiting my blog and for sharing your helpful views. Take care and keep in touch!

    Cheers

  1. says:

    masterwordsmith Dear cin2tan

    Yes, I can believe you for my Saito fish were all eaten up and now, only the champion survived!

    Cheers

  1. says:

    cin2tan Saito fish = the knife fish for making fish balls wo !?

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