Wednesday, April 17, 2013

How To Live Longer - 10 Strange Ways

All those who want to live a really long and healthy life already must have been practicing all the requirements including safe, healthy and nutritious diet in appropriate amounts along with adequate exercise, multivitamins and antioxidants. However all those who desperately want to live a really really longer and healthier life will have to go a yard extra in the form of following 10 strange ways to live longer.

10. Living Long By Learning A New Language
Good brain function is an important ingredient of healthy longevity. Ability to speak 2 or more languages ensures good brain function. This ability delays the onset of Dementia (loss of memory due to old age) and Alzheimer’s (Loss of memory due to disease mostly during middle age). Studies have proven that both these conditions can be delayed by at least 5 years if the person in question possesses the ability to speak 2 or more languages.

9. Starve To Smartness
Low calorie diet results in long healthy life and delays the signs of ageing like insulin resistance and elevated blood pressure. It has been proved in animals that if they are kept hungry while provided all the essential nutrients then they live longer. Now humans are also trying low calorie diets by stopping eating short of being full and it has resulted in many beneficial health effects.

8. Being Religious
A few studies have proven that those who follow some religion live longer than atheists. This might either be due to stronger social support among the religious communities or due to direct divine intervention.

7. Dwell On Mountains
It is now a proven fact that communities living on mountains live longer as compared to those living in the plains. A good proportion of these communities live to be 100 or more and living examples are high-country Colorado counties and tiny communities of Sardinia. This long-life effect of living on heights could be due to fresh mountain air or due to good work out given to your heart by uphill walk or because of both the reasons.

6. Gene Therapy
Although not available for human beings but it has been proven to prolong life in mice by 24%. It was tested in mice of all ages and was found to be successful in all age groups but younger the mice more successful the therapy was because younger mice treated with this technique lived longer than older mice treated with this technique.

5. Be Busy And Work Hard To the Limit
A project analyzed data collected about 1500 children over a period of 80 years , starting in 1921 showed that those individuals lived longer who were most involved with and committed to their jobs as adults. While those individuals who were happy-go-lucky, carefree and had a good sense of humor lived shorter. Although it is said that happiness and health go hand in hand but people are happy because they are healthy and not other way round.

4. Become Rich
The ‘Haves’ live longer than the ‘have nots’. Hence stop thinking about getting rid of all your belongings and consumerism to live a simple life. Rich countries have a long life expectancy among their residents as compared to those of living in poor countries and even in rich countries rich people live longer than poor ones. Hence work hard and get rich if you really want to live a longer and healthier life.

3. New Body Organs
New body organs except brain can be grown using ones ones own cells. These organs can be used to replace those which bail out on the  person in question due to ageing. Because when you die only one vital organ fails while others are working perfectly alright. Since these organs are grown from one’s own cells hence there is no question of rejection. Skin is being grown for quite sometime in laboratories while now it has become possible to grow even more complicated organs like heart and bladder.

2. Right Kind Of Medicines
The desire of many for eternal life or at least longer life has led to the research for such medicines which could prolong the life of the human beings. One such medicine is rapamycin which prolonged life by 14 % in mice but since its use in humans is for suppressing the immune system in transplant patients hence it increases the risk for development of cancer.  Some more research for its further refinement can lead to development of a useful drug for prolonging the life of human beings.

1. Do Good Deeds In This World
You should not always be saying me, me, me, rather you should always be ready to help others. One of the ways to help yourself is to help others. A review of more than thirty longitudinal studies carried out by the Corporation for National and Community Service found that volunteering increases your life expectancy significantly, especially if you’re doing it for purely altruistic reasons. Not only that, volunteering builds your social networks, and having a lot of friends around you in your old age also helps you live longer. The same effect isn’t noted for family relations, though. What’s that saying, you can choose your friends..?

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