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How To Stay Healthy And Lively

 

Active seniors walking with bikeIn “The Age of Adeline,” Blake Lively’s character becomes 29 years old forever. A review of the film in Variety called the tale of perpetual youthfulness little more than a “sensitively directed slab of romantic hokum.” Fortunately, scientific minds have looked at the difference between chronological age and the age your body really is – we’ve been telling you about that since our RealAge test debuted online in 1998 – and today there’s more solid evidence that you can change your calendar age for good or for bad. Genes account for about 20 percent of aging; the rest depends on your health behaviors and your environment.

Recently, a team of researchers decided to look at 1,000 folks ages 26, 32 and 38 to assess their pace of aging. Scientists measu
red immune and metabolic functions; the health of tiny blood vessels in the back of the eye (a window to the brain); cardiorespiratory fitness; and the length of their telomeres – protective caps at the end of chromosomes that reflect a person’s RealAge. They found that though some folks were younger and many were spot on, some 38-year-old study participants had the body and brain of a 60-year-old! The researchers concluded that disabilities associated with older age (memory and mobility problems, heart disease, etc.) start developing in your 20s and 30s!woman-treadmill

So, starting in your 20s, get your cholesterol and blood pressure checked regularly; eat five to nine servings of produce daily along with 100 percent whole grains and lean protei
ns; and stay active (10,000 steps or equivalent daily, where one minute of aerobics equals 100 steps). You can discover your RealAge at www.sharecare.com.

 

© 2015 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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