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There may be no such thing as a Fountain of Youth, but there are things you can do to slow the aging process.
Taking these steps can help make you feel and look younger, and very possibly decrease your chances of getting an age-related illness.
You have control over the following aging factors:
- Smoking. The damage caused by smoking has been well documented (lung cancer, heart disease, stroke). Smoking can also lead to eye (macular degeneration and cataracts) and skin damage – including the formation of premature wrinkling. If you smoke, quit! And, if you need help, consult a smoking cessation specialist.
- Stress. Stress can lead to high blood pressure and cholesterol, clotting and inflammation, all of which can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke. Stress can also affect your immunity and mental function, reduce your sex drive and lead to extra belly fat. If dealing with stress in your life is a problem, get professional help.
- Obesity. A British study recently found that the difference between being obese and being lean relates to an extra 8.8 years of aging. If you need help losing weight, consult a diet expert.
- Inflammation. When the body goes into overdrive or malfunctions, it can cause inflammation. This can become a chronic problem that is associated with such conditions as arthritis, heart disease and Crohn’s disease.
- Sleep. Sleeping problems can lead to high blood pressure and cause blood clots. Those who are heavy snorers may suffer from sleep apnea, a potentially fatal disease. If you have problems sleeping, a sleep study is encouraged.
- Sunlight. Stay out of direct sunlight. Not only do the sun’s rays cause premature wrinkling and changes in pigmentation, but can lead to skin cancer.
- Diet. A poor diet that includes high sugar and fat intake can cause many problems, including obesity and clogged arteries. High sugar intake can promote insulin resistance. It can also sap your energy, making you less likely to stay active.
There also certain proactive steps you can take to slow the aging process and promote healthy aging. These include:
- Exercise. Exercise helps you keep your joints limber, promotes flexibility, improves cardiovascular and lung function, and helps you keep the weight down.
- Rest. Make sure you get a good night’s sleep every night. Here are some proactive steps you can take: keep the room dark, turn down the thermostat, keep electric devices in another room. If you can’t sleep, get out of bed and read or watch TV until you feel sleepy.
- Superfoods. Foods like antioxidant-rich berries, garlic, salmon, white kidney beans, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, trumpet mushrooms and kale are among those “superfoods” viewed as packing a nutritional punch that can ward off the aging process and the diseases that accompany it.
- Friendships. Studies point to a strong correlation between loneliness and rapid motor decline in older people. Keep up relationships and stay active socially.
These are easy ways to stay healthy and socially active as seniors continue to age. Always remember to consult a doctor if you have any concerns or questions about what you can be doing about your health.
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