What Is The Secret To Long Life?
Hint: There's more than one
The average human being is born with genes that would allow him to live
to a ripe old age of 85 years, even longer! The
reason why people don't reach that age is mostly
because of diseases that are, surprisingly,
preventable. People who take appropriate preventive
steps can add a good 10 years to their lives.
People who don't may subtract substantial years from
THE LONG-LIFE QUIZ
You can take steps to keep yourself healthy in the
long run. Find out what you know about living longer
by taking this quiz.
1. True or false? To reduce your risk of chronic
disease as an adult, the magic number is 30 minutes.
2. True or false? Older people benefit from quitting
smoking; younger people, not so much.
3. True or false? What you eat now plays a major
role in your health when you're old.
4. True or false? Your diet matters more than your
5. True or false? You should make your health a
priority in your life.
6. True or false? Rest and re lax those mental
gymnastics once you're retired.
7. True or false? Help yourself relax by spending
more time by yourself.
8. True or false? A positive attitude helps you live
9. True or false? At age 60, you should still make
sure your finances are well covered.
“Only the young grow old”
There is some wisdom to this statement.
And the 80 million baby boomers out there better
take notice. You can try to slow down the clock, but
you can't stop it. Science isn't going to "cure"
aging. You have to find a balance, adjusting your
lifestyle and caring for yourself today to make
tomorrows happy and healthy.
"No more sex, drugs and rock 'n roll," jokes David
Ruben, M.D., head of the Center for Aging at UCLA.
Once you’ve gotten this into your head (with much
wrestling against the will, surely), ask yourself
when you’d get the following:
Blood pressure check?
Annual mammograms for women?
• Calcium/vitamin D supplements?
A dilated eye exam (wherein the doctor uses special
eye drops to make your pupils larger so he can take
a better peek at what’s going on inside your eyes)?
Lastly, remembers the four secrets to successful
1. Challenge your body.
2. Stimulate your intellect.
3. Manage your emotions.
4. Nurture your spirit.
Answers to the Long-life Quiz:
Exercising at a moderate level is the recommendation
for a fit and healthy life. This means doing so for
at least 30 minutes most days of the week. But
exercises should start slow and build up gradually
to 30 minutes check with your doctor before
starting, and before increasing your activity level.
It's never too late or too early to quit. Older
people who quit smoking experience improved lung
function within minutes of quitting. Meanwhile,
since the cancer-promoting and heart-weakening
effects of smoking take years to become apparent,
young people are better off quitting today.
Eating a balanced diet is important. Your diet
should be founded on fruits, vegetables and whole
Some diseases are more dependent on weight than on
what you put into your mouth. For example, the
reason why food is regulated among those with risk
factors for diabetes and heart disease is not just
to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar: body weight
is a factor that is independent of these two
parameters. Furthermore, osteoarthritis is more
related to body weight than dietary considerations.
This means making a few major changes, and at the
same time, making several minor changes. These
include wearing your seat belt or getting a simple
flu shot yearly.
Always exercise your mind with daily mental
challenges remember that the less sharp you are, the
less likely you are to stay active physically, and
you become accident-prone.
False. You should invest much time in your
According to the American Geriatric Society, people
who stay connected live longer than their more
Positivity and confidence help you cope with stress
(which can wreak havoc on your heart) and maintain
your independence, especially in daily functions
(eating, moving around, personal hygiene).
If you are 60 years old, you could conceivably live
another 20, 30 or 40 years. Allocate your resources