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Monday, August 17, 2015

The Truth About Aging -- Slow It Down By Doing These 3 Things

The Truth About Aging -- Slow It Down By Doing These 3 Things
Growing older is a natural part of life -- it happens to all of us. People today are living longer than ever. The U.S. Census Bureau projects life expectancy to reach 79.5 years by the year 2020, far longer than the 70.8 years in 1970. The truth is that it is not so much the aging process as it is the effects of aging that most people find difficult. The good news is that yes, there are many things people can do to stop or slow down the effects of aging.

How age affects us

As we grow older, the aging process often leads to increased risk for health issues and disability which can greatly impact our quality and length of life. Yet many older people live active, healthy lives well into their old age. There are things we can do NOW to increase the possibility of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. Here are some actions recommended by The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health (NIH), an organization that focuses on ways to support healthy aging and prevent many age-related diseases.

  • Watch what you eat - the old adage "you are what you eat" is true. There is no question that eating a healthy, balanced diet will help delay or prevent health problems related to age. Fruits and vegetables are especially important. Recent research revealed a substance called resveratrol, found in foods like grapes and nuts, resulted in healthier and longer lives when tested on mice; a recent study showed similar results in humans.
  • Pay attention to calories - a study showed that overweight adults who reduced their calorie consumption by 20 to 30 percent not only reduced their risk for high mortality diseases such as heart disease and diabetes but may also increase their longevity. Increased longevity was found when tested on animals and continues to be studied for similar results on humans.
  • Exercise - according to Harvard Medical School, after age 25–30 the average man’s maximum attainable heart rate declines by about one beat per minute, per year. Blood vessels can harden and blood pressure increase as one gets older. Regular exercise will go a long way to keeping the heart healthy, and a healthy heart is key to living longer.

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