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Do you want to live a long life?

A recent study has found that living a long life is more down to your lifestyle than your genes. This puts your personal life expectancy very much on your own shoulders. The experts noted that people who live healthy lifestyles in their 50’s are much more likely to live to 90 than those who are not so careful. Therefore, it does not completely follow that if your relatives have lived a long life then you will also enjoy this luxury.

While your genes will play an important part in your susceptibility to certain illness or conditions the study found that lifestyle played a far more significant role. The study was conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and looked at 800 men who were born in 1913. The researchers then took detailed medical checks and questionnaires every 10 years to understand how the individual lived. The checks looked at whether the individual smoked, their diets, exercise routine, wage and standard of living.

MyPyramid - Steps to a Healthier You. (United States Department of Agriculture)

Out of the original 800 participants there were 111 who lived to the age of 90. It was found that once the participant had reached 50 then there was no noticeable correlation between when their parents died and when they would end up dying. The research, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, found that those at 50 years old who did not smoke, lived in better houses, had lower blood pressures and only drank moderate amounts of coffee were more likely to live to 90 years old.

Lead researcher, Professor emeritus Lars Wilhelmsen, said: “We’re breaking new ground here. The study clearly shows that we can influence several of the factors that decide how old we get. This is positive not only for the individual but also for society as it doesn’t entail any major drug costs.”

Other studies have found similar results and have led to some believing that there are 4 factors that will significantly effect how long you live. These factors are: diet, psycho-spiritual, social and exercise. If we can live fulfilled, contented and rounded lifestyles then we greatly increase our chance of hitting the big 100!

Keep working to boost your memory!

Researchers have suggested that staying in work until you are older can help stave off memory loss. The research found that people who stay in work in their 60s have a better memory than those who retire early. The study compared people from the UK who retire at 65, people in France and Germany who retire in their 50s and people in America where many people continue to work their entire lives.

Memory boost

A daily walk can boost your memory

People from America scored the highest in the tests. A decreased memory faculty can lead to a lowered ability to think and reason and the old adage; “Use it or lose it” seems to be very apt. The test involved each subject being given 10 words and then asked to recite them immediately and then recite them again 10 minutes later. The best score achievable would was 20 (10 each time).

The best results were by people in the US who averaged 11 words closely followed by the UK and Denmark who achieved a score of 10. Italians scored 7, the French scored 8 and the Spanish scored 6 on average. Dr Robert Willis from the University of Michigan one of the authors of the study said: “There is evidence that social skills and personality skills – getting up in the morning, dealing with poeple, knowing the value of being prompt and trustworthy – are important. They go hand in hand with the work environment.”

Other research has found that walking just a mile a day could help stave off dementia. This separate research found that people who walk about 6 miles per week and mentally sharper in later life. Regular exercise has been shown to help alleviate the shrinking of that grey matter.