Friday, August 19

5 of the most promising ways to live longer (and better)

  • Richard Faragher y Lynne Cox
  • The Conversation*

Two older men laughing

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Most people want to live a long and happy life, or at least avoid a short and miserable one. If you find yourself in that majority, you’re in luck. Over the past decade, there has been a quiet revolution in research on our understanding of the biology of aging.

The challenge is to turn this knowledge into advice and treatment that we can benefit from. Here we break the myth that lengthening healthy life expectancy is science fiction and show that it is science fact instead.

1. Nutrition and lifestyle

There is a lot of evidence of the benefits of doing boring things, like eating right.

A study of large groups of ordinary people shows that maintaining weight, not smoking, restricting alcohol to moderate amounts, and eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day can increase your life expectancy by seven to 14 years compared to someone who smokes, drinks too much, and is overweight.

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