A 16-YEAR study of 5,100 British people aged between 42-63 has found that people who have healthy lifestyles in mid-life will stay healthy in old age.
Investigators observed that participants who engage in all four of these healthy behaviours had 3.3 times the odds of healthy ageing:
- Not smoking
- Moderate alcohol consumption
- Taking exercise
- Eating fruit and vegetables every day
The authors concluded: “Although individual healthy behaviours are moderately associated with successful aging, their combined impact is substantial. Multiple healthy behaviours appear to increase the chance of reaching old age disease-free and fully functional.”
Source: Canadian Medical Journal http://www.cmaj.ca/content/early/2012/10/22/cmaj.121080.abstract?sid=c380f4d2-94ae-4a24-964c-4c0e1205ba69
Here are some more tips for healthy aging:
- Get out in the sun to boost your Vitamin D (this is especially important for older people). To get your vitamin D level checked and find out how much you need, you can order a simple finger prick test.
- Don’t eat too much sugar and unrefined carbohydrates – they speed up the ageing process
- Eat leafy green vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds – they contain calcium and magnesium that help you sleep
- Keep your brain fit and Take a look with reading, puzzles, games, learning and hobbies
- Stay physically active
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