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

  

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Via:  krishna  •  last year  •  53 comments

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    last year

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    last year

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    last year

Who wants to live forever?

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    last year
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    last year

There can ONLY B ONE

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
3.2.2  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  igknorantzrulz @3.2.1    last year
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Trout Giggles
3.2.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.2    last year

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    last year

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    last year
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    last year
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    last year

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Krishna
3.2.8  seeder  Krishna  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @3.2.4    last year
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    last year
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    last year
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    last year
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?)

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
4  Release The Kraken    last year

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  Release The Kraken @4    last year
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  Release The Kraken @4    last year
I wake up, use essential oils, take a plethora of supplements etc.

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

 
 
 
pat wilson
6  pat wilson    last year

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    last year
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    last year

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    last year

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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