The things scientifically proven to help us live longer 59



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While there is no do it all, “wonder pill” that we can pop to keep our hearts beating for longer, there are some things that have been proven to really work… And they’re mostly lifestyle factors.

A panel of experts that sit of the Longevity Science Panel have outlined some of the most common and effective lifestyle changes that can contribute to living longer in a report titled, “What is ageing? And how do we delay it?”.

The group, which independently monitors evidence that explain changes in life expectancy and advise policymakers in the UK and around the world found that some small changes were high impact enough to take life expectancy from 80 to 84 years old.

The changes that we make improves our cell division – something that common day lifestyles aren’t helping. It is a critical part of our regenerative process and when cell division is occurring naturally at the appropriate rate, the ageing process is held off and longevity increased.

So what are these things that will help us all live to be 120?

  • Cut down on sugar
  • Cut down on salt
  • Exercise more frequently
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Taking statins
  • Slight calorie restriction like following the Mediterranean diet
  • Reduce alcohol intake
  • Stop smoking

So if staying alive for longer is that easy – why aren’t more of us doing it? Richard Faragher, professor of Biogerontology at the University of Brighton, told The Sunday Telegraph that living healthier for longer was more important than increasing lifespan. “Ageing occurs because the mechanisms which keep us in good health fail over time. After a variable number of divisions, cells will stop dividing and start to do bad stuff. So, in effect, all age related diseases are being driven by a few mechanisms which if you could control them, could be the difference between somebody hobbling down the street, or jogging past you.”

So tell us, based on your lifestyle habits, are you on track to live to 120? Or will you be having fun without worrying about these things? Share your thoughts in the comments below….

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  1. We’ve always known good diet and exercise plays a big part in living longer but no one really has control over how long they’ll get to spend on this planet. Unfortunately, when your times up, no one but God has control over that.

  2. Ye Gods NO. I don’t want to here that long. I’m grumpy enough now. I would like better health till I fall off the perch though.

  3. With the way the world’s going lately I have no desire to be around that long! But saying that we both try and exercise regularly and eat well by moderating our intake as well as factoring in that neither of us smoke or drink alcohol. A good mocktail every now and then does us and for a treat we dine out once a week, usually using the Entertainment Book so we get either one main meal free or 25% off the total bill 🙂

  4. Maybe late 80’s, but I guess we can all exercise and eat as well as is possible I have dietary restrictions, but do what I can other than that.

  5. Froney Ward Harrison I’m with you baby….well need to curb the babies coming into the world like China… 2 maximum. We also need to curb the influx of refugees … Our food crops and grazing lands are going. Fruit, vegetables, meat , even manufacturing ….. Moving off shore…
    We don’t have the resources any more. Our jails full of desperates. Our hospitals kick out the sick, too full, our centre link departments overloaded . Banks closing . schools not coping . small businesses wiped out with extraordinarily high taxes and Running costs permits registrations and requirements. Nope we won’t live extended lives because the air water and ground is toxic. Over burdened and we the people are over stressed

  6. Why would you want to live to 120?

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    • My mother-in-law who is 102, 103 if she makes it to May, would want to live that long, not that I understand it. She at the moment has no quality of life, has to have a nebuliser 4 hourly. I think it is cruel.

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