The longevity files: A strong grip? Push-ups? What actually can help you live to a ripe old age.

  
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The longevity files: A strong grip? Push-ups? What actually can help you live to a ripe old age.
“By and large, people don’t die of being old; they die of disease.” Therefore, the study of longevity is a way of looking at disease risk or the rate of disease development, he says.

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“Frailty is a really bad thing starting in middle age, and even worse as you get older,” says Michael Joyner, a physician and human physiology researcher at the Mayo Clinic.

One way to think of longevity is “not as some magic property of a body, but as the lucky state of not having a fatal disease,” says Steve Cole, professor of medicine and psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the UCLA School of Medicine. “By and large, people don’t die of being old; they die of disease.” Therefore, the study of longevity is a way of looking at disease risk or the rate of disease development, he says.

Over the years, various drugs and nutritional supplements have been studied for their potential to help us live longer, but nothing has been shown to work in humans to the extent that would be required for the Food and Drug Administration’s approval, says Gordon Lithgow, chief academic officer at the California-based Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

While researchers continue searching for a pill to extend life, you’ll have to try these verified methods.

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Krishna
1  seeder  Krishna    3 weeks ago

Exercise is key

The most powerful way to promote longevity and improve your long-term health is also simple and, depending on how you do it, free.

“There’s no question that exercise is the biggest anti-aging medicine there’s ever going to be — it’s really huge,” Lithgow says.

“Hands down, nothing compares to exercise,” says Laura L. Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. “The great thing is that most people can do it, and you don’t need 10,000 steps per day to get the benefits.” It takes remarkably little exercise to get longevity benefits.

 
 
 
Krishna
2  seeder  Krishna    3 weeks ago

Manage stress

In today’s world, it’s easy to live in a state of chronic stress, and the problem isn’t just that stress feels lousy. It also makes you more susceptible to diseases that could shorten your life.

Researchers are now learning that many conditions associated with older age — such as cancer, heart attacks and Alzheimer’s disease — share a common ingredient: inflammation.

Under normal conditions, inflammation is simply the body’s response to injury — it’s how the body heals cuts and wounds and other insults, Cole says. “Inflammation by itself is not inherently evil.” But when we’re feeling chronically threatened or under siege, our bodies amp up their inflammatory machinery to ready our biological response to injury, and that inadvertently fuels the development of an array of age-related diseases, where inflammation is a common fertilizer, Cole says.

Research has identified chronic stresses that can provoke harmful biological changes, including living in poverty, caregiving for a dying spouse, losing a loved one, suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, and experiencing prejudice.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3  Trout Giggles    3 weeks ago

Who wants to live forever?

 
 
 
WallyW
3.1  WallyW  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    3 weeks ago

It's about feeling good physically and mentality

Longevity is overrated

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  WallyW @3.1    3 weeks ago

I'm gonna die a crippled up, old mess (maybe on the old)

Health is overrated

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.1.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

Egads,

The bunch of you are doom and gloom. 

My health has sucked since I was a kid. I always went on as if it didn't. Life is good!

 
 
 
pat wilson
3.1.3  pat wilson  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.1    3 weeks ago

A positive attitude would probably help, lol.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.4  Trout Giggles  replied to  pat wilson @3.1.3    3 weeks ago

meh...I'm not big on positive attitudes. Haven't you noticed that? LOL!

Seriously, I think I've been setting myself up my whole life to die before I'm 70.

 
 
 
pat wilson
3.1.5  pat wilson  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.4    3 weeks ago

I've noticed your great sense of humor, that helps !

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.6  Trout Giggles  replied to  pat wilson @3.1.5    3 weeks ago

Thanks!

 
 
 
Krishna
3.1.7  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.1    3 weeks ago
I'm gonna die a crippled up, old mess (maybe on the old) Health is overrated

Well, "whatever floats yer boat".

(To coin a phrase)

 
 
 
Krishna
3.1.8  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.1    3 weeks ago
Health is overrated

Happiness.. Love.. and Joy.. are all over-rated!

 
 
 
Krishna
3.1.9  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1.4    3 weeks ago
Seriously, I think I've been setting myself up my whole life to die before I'm 70.

There's an old saying:

Argue for your limitations..and sure enough, they're yours!

 
 
 
Krishna
3.1.10  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @3.1.9    3 weeks ago

There's an old saying:

Argue for your limitations..and sure enough, they're yours!

Actually I lied about it being old. Its from the book "Illusions-- Confessions of a Reluctant Messiah".

A fantastic book for anyone who has any spiritual leanings (but if you're anti-spiritual, an Evangelical or other fundamentalist type, or for anyone who just enjoys being a negative person..well, they'd hate it!

There are many "inspiring" saying from the book, which for your convenience have been seeded right here on NT!!!)

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
3.1.11  Trout Giggles  replied to  Krishna @3.1.10    3 weeks ago

I've always said the key to happiness is low expectations

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    3 weeks ago
Who wants to live forever?

Someone was either watching "Highlander" or listening to Queen. 

Personally, now at 59, I would like to extend my life. Those 59 years passed too quickly and I have so much more I want to do. 150 years seems more reasonable as a life span. Forever would get kind of boring I would think.

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
3.2.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.2    3 weeks ago

There can ONLY B ONE

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.2.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  igknorantzrulz @3.2.1    3 weeks ago
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Trout Giggles
3.2.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.2    3 weeks ago

I've done everything I set out to do. If I go tomorrow, c'est la vie

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.2.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.2.3    3 weeks ago

Not me! There is a whole world to see and I want to see it and not as some gray haired old bag. 

 
 
 
pat wilson
3.2.5  pat wilson  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.2.4    3 weeks ago
some gray haired old bag. 

Stop that ! You'll be a fabulous, mature, wise woman.

 
 
 
Krishna
3.2.6  seeder  Krishna  replied to  igknorantzrulz @3.2.1    3 weeks ago
There can ONLY B ONE

But not in parts of the Southern Hemisphere.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.2.7  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  pat wilson @3.2.5    3 weeks ago

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Krishna
3.2.8  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.2.4    3 weeks ago
Not me! There is a whole world to see and I want to see it and not as some gray haired old bag. 

Shouldn't be a problem-- you can get any hair colour you want out of a bottle!

 
 
 
Krishna
3.3  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    3 weeks ago
Who wants to live forever?

I think the important thing is 

Not how long you make it...but how you make it long.

A lot of discussion related to this seems to turn to prolonging ones lifespan. But what good is it if you can live to 90-- or 100 or longer-- if while you're alive you're miserably sick-- and/or in constant pain?

Also, I think if a person is able to achieve a wonderful life (whatever that means to them) they will probably live longer....research does show the power of the mind in influencing health.

 
 
 
Krishna
3.3.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @3.3    3 weeks ago
Not how long you make it...but how you make it long.

I just realized that that's a reference to an old commercial that ran frequently for a long time, but probably most people here aren't familiar with it.

Yes-- there was a time when cigarette advertising on TV was permitted!

 
 
 
Krishna
3.3.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Krishna @3.3.1    3 weeks ago
Yes-- there was a time when cigarette advertising on TV was permitted!

Actually I believe this Wonston commercial was much more widely distributed and/or ran for a longer time-- the famous jingle "Winston Tastes Good Like a Cigarette Should":

Anyone remember that one?

(Where is Buzz when you need him?)

 
 
 
†hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh
4  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh    3 weeks ago

I'm 47 and after 15 years of pulling on those damn gis in jiujitsu and hanging on the pull up bar working on that grip I have really bad arthritis in the hands and a few other places. I can take a 3 month break from working out and I wake up with stiff achy hands. I suspect genetics might be a factor too.

I wake up, use essential oils, take a plethora of supplements etc. Not sure any of them work but conventional arthritis meds are nasty.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
4.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    3 weeks ago
I can take a 3 month break from working out and I wake up with stiff achy hands.

So are you saying that the aches have nothing to do with your jiujitsu and pull ups?

My hands are beginning to really be stiff, but moreso at night after a day of work. My handwriting is not as good as it used to be either. I am supposed to go to a rheumatologist but I am sick of docs, so I might put that off for a while. 

 
 
 
Krishna
4.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  †hε pε⊕pレε'š ƒïšh @4    3 weeks ago
I wake up, use essential oils, take a plethora of supplements etc.

Have you you had any energy work done-- perhaps Reiki? Accupuncture?

 
 
 
WallyW
5  WallyW    3 weeks ago

“There’s no question that exercise is the biggest anti-aging medicine there’s ever going to be — it’s really huge,” Lithgow says.

Absolutely imperative at my age, it's also a great stress reducer. 2-3 times a week gets the job done. Cardio to warm up, then resistance training for 60-90 minutes total. Medicare Advantage through United Healthcare pays for my membership at 24 Hour Fitness.

Younger women giving massages on a regular basis also keeps me relaxed and happy

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  WallyW @5    3 weeks ago

Wally, if you don't mind me asking... what is your age (or age group).

 
 
 
WallyW
5.1.1  WallyW  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.1    3 weeks ago

81 last May.

Have a few manageable physical conditions, but still retain an active curiosity and positive attitude about life.

As you age, counting your  blessings becomes very important. Hope to be around to gloat over Trump's reelection

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
5.2  igknorantzrulz  replied to  WallyW @5    3 weeks ago

And who doesn't love a Happy Ending to Wally's story...

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.2.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  igknorantzrulz @5.2    3 weeks ago

512

Wally loves happy endings.

 
 
 
Krishna
5.2.2  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2.1    3 weeks ago
Wally loves happy endings.

Probably its his exercise routine that helps-- a daily ride on a Roomba can really make any cat feel like a new person!

 
 
 
Krishna
5.2.3  seeder  Krishna  replied to  igknorantzrulz @5.2    3 weeks ago

And who doesn't love a Happy Ending to Wally's story...

Many folks have come to that conclusion!
 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.2.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Krishna @5.2.2    3 weeks ago

He does like his naps and then there are his naps.. Oh and then there is playing fetch followed by a nap. 

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.5  Trout Giggles  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2.4    3 weeks ago

Does Wally snore?

 
 
 
Krishna
5.2.6  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.5    3 weeks ago
Does Wally snore?

I have often wondered-- do cats dream?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.7  Trout Giggles  replied to  Krishna @5.2.6    3 weeks ago

My Stubby does. He makes little noises and his feet twitch when he's sleeping

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.2.8  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.5    3 weeks ago

OMG YES!

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.2.9  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Krishna @5.2.6    3 weeks ago

Absolutely and Wally even acts out his dreams sometimes. It's really funny to watch.

 
 
 
Sunshine
5.2.10  Sunshine  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2.1    3 weeks ago

I tell you Perrie, Wally is one of the most pretty cats I have ever seen.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.11  Trout Giggles  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2.8    3 weeks ago

Stubby snores, too. Not very loud, tho

 
 
 
Ender
5.2.12  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.7    3 weeks ago

512

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.13  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @5.2.12    3 weeks ago

He went too fast and fell off his bike!

awwww.....

 
 
 
Krishna
5.2.14  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.7    3 weeks ago
My Stubby does. He makes little noises and his feet twitch when he's sleeping

Maybe he's dreaming he's chasing a Mouse-- or actually catching one!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
5.2.15  Trout Giggles  replied to  Krishna @5.2.14    3 weeks ago

That boy has never caught anything bigger than a dragon fly his whole, grumpy, lazy life.

 
 
 
pat wilson
6  pat wilson    3 weeks ago

Squeeze half of a lemon into 6 or so ounces of hot water. Drink that every morning and you will have the kidneys and colon of a teenager (a healthy one).

 
 
 
Krishna
6.1  seeder  Krishna  replied to  pat wilson @6    3 weeks ago
Squeeze half of a lemon into 6 or so ounces of hot water. Drink that every morning and you will have the kidneys and colon of a teenager (a healthy one).

I have heard of that (actually I tried it for a while). BTW is also supposed to be excellent for cleansing the Liver of toxins.

I have studied Naturopathic healing, other approaches to health-- especially nutrition-- for years. I've even tried various types of fasting, colonics, etc. And have received soooo many types of bodywork. (I myself can administer Second Degree Reiki-- I am thinking of getting 3rd Degree certification soon....and eventually, if I can find a teacher, 4th Degree)

 
 
 
Krishna
7  seeder  Krishna    3 weeks ago

Squeeze half of a lemon

Not a bad idea but I actually like WallyW's suggestion-- in reverse! (A daily squeezing of some of those women :-)

 
 
 
It Is ME
8  It Is ME    3 weeks ago

The longevity files: A strong grip? Push-ups? What actually can help you live to a ripe old age.

Just having FUN ! jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

When you "Die", you have no clue how old you were when you died anyway ! Only the outsiders do.

 
 
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