What Is The Secret To Long Life?   



What Is The Secret To Long Life?

 

Hint: There's more than one answer.

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 their lives.ives.
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 weight.
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 longer.
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?
• Cholesterol check?
• Colonoscopy?
• 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 aging:
1. Challenge your body.
2. Stimulate your intellect.
3. Manage your emotions.
4. Nurture your spirit.

Answers to the Long-life Quiz:
1.
True. 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.

2. False. 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.

3. True. Eating a balanced diet is important. Your diet should be founded on fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

4. False. 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.

5. True. 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.

6. False. 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.

7. False. You should invest much time in your relationships.
According to the American Geriatric Society, people who stay connected live longer than their more isolated peers.

8. True. 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).

9. True. If you are 60 years old, you could conceivably live another 20, 30 or 40 years. Allocate your resources well.

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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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