Anti aging. It's big business. There are pills, creams, and a handful of advice and diets and more that attempt to help you in that process. Everyone wants to look forever young. Or at least, stay healthy and live longer.
Why is why its no surprise that researchers are constantly on the lookout for ways to increase longevity. There isn't any guarantee that doing any of these things will help you live longer, but research have shown that they do help to improve health and in some cases, add on more years. Check it out after the jump!
Having tons of money might be able to help you pay for better health care and food, and possibly afford you the best fitness classes, gyms, and more. But all that money has nothing to do with living longer. It turns out, rich people have more of a key hormone associated with prolonged life spans.
DHEAS (dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate) is a steroid produced by the adrenal glands and brain that has been linked to a broad range of health benefits, which includes improved memory, lower risk of cardiovascular disease and longevity.
Scientists from the University College London found that wealthier people have higher levels of DHEAS
Hanging out with lots of women
I'm inclined to agree regardless of the health benefits. But since its backed up by science as well, why not! Researchers at Harvard University found that men who are raised in an environment with few women die sooner than those who grow up around many females.
More females around men increases the likelihood that men will find lifelong partners and get married which is also known to have a positive effect in longevity.
Living on a Greek island
One third of the population in the Greek island of Icaria in the North Aegean Sea is home to a large percentage of people aged over 90 years old. How many people do you know who are over 90? Not many.
A study attributes the islanders' unusually long life spans to a natural mountainous terrain which requires daily physical activity and healthy diets, which goes to prove that exercise and a healthy diet will actually help.
There's a compound found in red wine which is in the skin of red grapes and its called resveratrol, which has been shown to to protect the body against ageing as well as type2 diabetes, heart disease and strokes. Another reason to cheers.
Have more sex
We're not sure if this is going to help you get laid if you use this line, but sex adds years to your life. And science proves it! Researchers at Queens University in Belfast followed about 1,000 middle-aged men over 10 years and found that males with a high frequency of orgasms lived twice as long as those who did not experience pleasure.
Brushing daily is not the only thing that's going to keep you healthy, but it turns out regularly flossing reduces the the risk of heart disease, according to doctors from the Department of Periodontics at Case Western Reserve University.
Do this daily and you'll prevent gum disease, which can usually lead to infectious and inflammation to enter the bloodstream and increase the risk of heart disease. Bizarre isn't it? From gums to heart. Get flossing!
Singers in a choir group felt physically healthier, according to a study by George Washington University and the National Endowment for the Arts. They were less or not depressed at all and had fewer visits to the clinic.
We've heard of this one before but we're not so sure, until now. Holding in aggression can lead to unwanted stress. Which makes sense. So imagine you're a bottle of soda and you've been shuck so bad you're about to explode. The solution? Release the pressure!
According to researchers at Stockholm University, males who vent their anger are 50% less likely to experience a heart attack or die from serious heart disease. Or high blood pressure?
Contrary to popular believe, it turns out that by being mildly overweight you may actually survive longer, in older people that is, according to researchers at Kaiser Permanente in Portland, Oregon.
A study of 11,326 adults over 12 years found that those who carried extra weight were 17% less likely to die than people of normal weight. So how is this going to work out? Should we stop exercising after a certain age? It seems rather counter intuitive too, nevertheless, it still does not explain why Jonah Hill went from fat to skinny to fat again.
We don't guarantee you getting smacked in the face to suggest that your wife do all the housework because it will help her live longer. But turns out, there's research to back that up, but it's definitely not going to go down well if you don't deliver the message in a nice way.
Women that spend 17 hours a week doing household chores, for example, cooking, dishes, laundry, etc, can reduce the risk of breast cancer by as much as 30%, according to a study by Cancer Research UK.
After studying more than 200,000 women over six years, researchers found that moderate exercise from housework prevented cancer more than other forms of rigorous physical activity. And as it turns out, it's back to exercise once more.
Owning a cat
Here's a cute one. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Stroke Institute in Minneapolis found that cats, have it in their nature to alleviate stress and anxiety, which would potentially reduce the risk of a heart attack in humans by 30%.
A cat's purr actually produces vibrations at frequencies that have been known to help with pain relief, bone and muscle growth, and wound healing. Now how magically cute is that?
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