Secrets of a long, happy life


Few people would turn down the chance to add a few years to their expected lifespan. Many have managed to do so – those who seem to know some of the secrets to living longer.

They stride energetically into their eighth, even ninth decade of life while others seem to crumble before they reach 65.

In a new book, The Long Life Equation, a doctor looks at why people age in various ways and at different rates and poses the question: can we do anything to make sure we lead an active, healthy life and stave off illness for many more years?

It seems we can. Our genes, the author says, aren’t totally in charge of what happens to us physically. We can take responsibility for our bodies and become more aware of what we can do to stay fit and healthy.

The book is based on published research and recent international studies that spell out the risks and benefits of lifestyle factors known to influence health and longevity.

The book sets out things you can do to add years to your life and, for example, become an optimist – and also how you can set back your life by several years by bad lifestyle and activity choices.

* Read the full article with all its useful advice in the 9 December 2010 issue of YOU.

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