A long and quality life is not necessarily a gift you are born with. Studies show that people can postpone their biological death for about 12 years under healthy mind and body choices. Here's how you can live up to 100 years old by following a few simple principles that favor slow aging and lessen the effects of old age.
Scientists have noticed several common characteristics of modern society populations with an average life expectancy. For example, the residents of the rural area live longer than those concentrated in the urban area due to the food and the sustained physical effort. Married people reach older ages than singles, due to emotional and financial stability.
Aging is, in essence, the deterioration of a chromosomal region called "telomer". Research has shown that a healthy lifestyle stimulates the activity of an enzyme that protects and rebuilds telomeres. Diet and exercise support cell regeneration, thus maintaining long-term youth.
Single persons (divorced or widowed) have a higher mortality rate than those married. The specialists have noticed in the various studies that the social, economic and affective support provided by a marriage maintains a good physical and mental balance.
Regular physical activity reduces the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer or depression. Up to 20 minutes of sustained movement each day means over 2 hours of weekly exercise.
Psychologists have identified a good indicator of longevity: conscientiousness. People attentive to details and persevering in activities are more attentive to their health, make healthy choices in personal and professional life and develop strong relationships with others.
The Mediterranean diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and fish is the secret of many peoples with an impressive average lifespan. Such a menu keeps you away from the predisposition to obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes.
Australian researchers have shown that lonely people tend to live on average 10 years less than socially. Psychology also shows a clear connection between satisfying social connections and longevity.