Walk, do a household chore, hit the gym: Live long by being active for 30 min daily

Walk, do a household chore, hit the gym: Live long by being active for 30 min daily

How active are you in your everyday life? If you find that you are not even engaged in physical activity of any kind for even 30 minutes a day, it’s time to find time to exercise and change your lifestyle. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study involving more than 130,000 people from 17 countries, led by the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, showed that any activity is good for people to meet the current guideline of 30 minutes of activity a day, or 150 minutes a…

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Eat fatty foods like cheese and butter if you want a long, healthy life

Eat fatty foods like cheese and butter if you want a long, healthy life

People who consume foods that are low in fats but high in carbohydrates may be at an increased risk of an early death as compared to those who consume fat-rich foods such as cheese and butter, a study has claimed. The findings, published in the journal Lancet, showed that contrary to popular belief, consuming a higher amount of fat – about 35% of energy – is associated with a lower risk of death compared to lower intakes. The association was seen for all major types of fats – saturated fats,…

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Eat Less Live Long: Cutting Down On Your Calories May Slow Ageing

Eat Less Live Long: Cutting Down On Your Calories May Slow Ageing

Who doesn’t want to know the secret to long life? What we wouldn’t do to prevent those wrinkles and fine lines, which make the process of ageing so obvious. Ageing is inevitable, and it does dampen one’s spirit. While there are endless cosmetics products available in the market, each claiming to be a miracle formula to help you prevent signs of ageing or give you an youthful glow, the truth is that they can help only on the surface. If you want to slow down ageing naturally, you need to…

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How to Slow Down Ageing: Eat Less and Live Long!

How to Slow Down Ageing: Eat Less and Live Long!

No one wants to grow old and experience wrinkles, pale skin, grey hair and weak bones. Although ageing is a part of our natural metabolism, there is a multi-billion-dollar industry devoted to all sorts of products that claim to fight signs of aging. The truth is that these products only go skin deep while ageing occurs deeper, at a cellular level. A recent study has suggested that eating less can slow down ageing processes. Published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, the study offers one glimpse into how cutting calories impacts…

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Sitting for long can age women faster

Sitting for long can age women faster

Elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary, a new study has found. Researchers from University of California (UC) found that women who have a sedentary lifestyle have cells that are biologically older and invite cardiovascular diseases and diabetes as compared to women who are active and exercise regularly. “Our study found cells age faster with a sedentary lifestyle. Chronological age doesn’t always match biological age,” said…

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Good news! That cuppa coffee is key to your long life

Good news! That cuppa coffee is key to your long life

The finding that coffee drinkers tend to live longer than people who abstain has long puzzled scientists. US scientists believe they’ve found the answer – and it’s to do with caffeine. It helps to block chemicals in the blood that promote inflammation, they say. The study was published in Nature Medicine. Drinking coffee and tea may help people to live longer by reducing chemicals in the blood that can trigger heart disease, researchers have found. Now researchers at Stanford University believe they may have hit on a reason why having…

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How long will you live? Your blood test can give the answer

How long will you live? Your blood test can give the answer

Believe it or not, scientists at Boston University claim to have discovered a game-changing blood test that could help predict lifespans. The study, published in the journal Aging Cell on Friday, used biomarker data collected from 5,000 blood samples and analysed it against the donors’ health developments over the subsequent eight years. Together, they identified patterns which indicated both good and bad futures. Specifically, their chances of getting age-related diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. In all, the researchers generated 26 different predictive biomarker signatures. The breakthrough means…

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Fighting Pollution: What Delhi Needs to do, Short and Long Term

Fighting Pollution: What Delhi Needs to do, Short and Long Term

Way back in 1972, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had famously and inextricably linked poverty and environmental pollution at the United Nations Conference on Human Environment in Stockholm. Much earlier, Mahatma Gandhi stated that “the earth provides enough to satisfy every mans need, but not every mans greed”. Air pollution, which now is a pervasive phenomenon in urban areas anywhere in the world, has become a deadlocked debate in Delhi over the last few days. The tragedy is that the poor suffer the most as they have no choice of “end-of-the…

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Men’s long working hours, short sleep may harm health in old age

Men’s long working hours, short sleep may harm health in old age

Men’s long working hours, short sleep may harm health in old age (Getty Images) Working long hours and skimping on sleep in midlife may lead to poorer physical health in old age, according to a study from Finland. A quarter-century study of Finnish businessmen found those who worked more than 50 hours a week and slept less than 47 hours weekly when they were middle aged were in worse physical health as old men than peers who had healthier work and sleep habits when they were in their prime. “The…

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Women need to LOL for a long life

Women need to LOL for a long life

Laughter can keep death from your door, especially if you are a woman. Results from a 15-year study in Norway published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine in April showed that women who can see the lighter side of things live longer even when they are beset with illness, particularly heart disease and infections. In men, laughter appears to boost immunity only against infection. Researchers in Norway studied the correlation between sense of humour and mortality among 53,556 women and men in their country using a questionnaire, and examined death from…

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