Longevity

Do You Like Growing Older?

"You can learn to like almost anything that is good for you— learn to love the opportunity of living younger for longer!" - Arlene R. Taylor PhD That question was flung in my direction smack-dab in the middle of a presentation. Momentarily startled, I realized there is no simple yes or no answer to this question and was pretty certain it would be a mixed bag. Having never been asked that specific question before, and with such an emphasis on the word like, I figured it deserved some thought. “Let me ponder that...

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Help Yourself

In 1979 there was a wonderful study completed by a Harvard Professor by the name of Langer. She recruited eight men who were in their 70’s who were neither healthy nor unhealthy for a five day retreat. These age-appropriate men, slow, bent, and easily fatigued were shown vintage TV programs from 1959, listened to music from that era, and overall treated as if they were still in 1959. No one offered to carry their bags in or fetch them something to drink or a blanket. They kept their topic to...

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Your Destiny

When it comes to aging, your DNA is not your destiny; you are your destiny. That means your future is mutable and is mostly your choice. So what to do? Fine-tune your cuisine? Work out in the gym or go for a walk? Get a good night’s sleep? All of these things are important to a Longevity Lifestyle and play an important role but there is something equally or perhaps even more critical: your outlook. You have perhaps heard to the old adage “You’re only as old as you feel”—this...

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Nutty for Nuts

Did you know that nuts of all type may help you live longer? Yes, some have more fat than others but they are all full of protein, vitamins, and good fats. In a study of 76,000 women, those who regularly ate nuts of any kind had a 20% lower death rate after four years than women who didn’t have nuts as part of their daily cuisine. Eating walnuts has been linked to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It may even calm the body’s stress responses. Besse Copper, at age 116 when...

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The Protein Craze

Your body requires protein, many of us may be eating way too much of it, especially the kind that comes from animal sources. A 2014 study found that people between50-65 years of age who eat 20% or more of their daily caloric intake as protein, suffer a 75% jump in mortality risk and are four times as likely to develop cancer as those who restrict protein to 10% of their calories. Yes, my friends, that puts heavy meat eating on par with smoking when it comes to health damages. The...

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What to do…What to do

Have you ever found headlines confusing or that advice from one source contradicts another. Take the word diet, it is thrown around as something good to do to live longer and at the same time there are weight-loss schemes including pills, enemas, nasal sprays and tasteless foods. The reality is that your diet is everything that you eat or drink: good or bad, healthy or over the top. Experts state that approximately 25% of your risk of death is due to genetics and the other 75% is most likely the...

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Brains and Bones

Under normal circumstances you typically don’t lose your mind all at once, but by 70 you may start to see age-related brain changes speed up. It is important to focus on mental activities to keep you engaged and stimulated. It is never too late to take up a new hobby, take a class, or visit someplace new. Your bones start giving up earlier; around 35, bone mass tends to go downhill at a rate of up to 1% per year. For ladies it is even faster after menopause. This is a...

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Telomeres –Your Time Keeper

Alice Parks describes telomeres as the timekeepers of your cell’s life: each time a cell divides, it copies its chromosomes’’ DNA, and like a knot tied at the end of a thread, telomeres signal the end of the copying process. With each cell division, these little squiggles, which are the final segments of DNA at the ends of chromosomes, shorten—eventually disappearing altogether. If you are healthy you have a dance going on between telomeres shortening and telomerase, an enzyme, which lengthen them just a bit, restoring some of the DNA...

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Culture – The Crux of The Longevity Challenge

We consider ourselves free-thinking, but the crux of the longevity challenge is, quite bluntly, that we are creatures of culture. Culture tells us when to get an education, marry, have children, buy a house, work, and retire. Culture dates back to the beginning of time and is profoundly mismatched to the length of the lives we are living. After all, an American born today has a projected average life span 20 full years longer than one born in 1925. You may need to look head-on at your culture and ask...

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It’s New…It’s Different

Sighing Phillip stated, "Learning about other food options and having a desire to change isn't enough to counter my love of eating hamburgers, topped with fries and a drink of soda but I am getting better at making choices." People fail for many reasons. Taking time to—make nutritious food instead of driving through and quickly eating  a hamburger or grabbing a drink of water instead of soda can be a big lifestyle change for some people. It's new...

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