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Five Ways to Cheat Death

SCIENCE HAS PLENTY TO SAY ABOUT BEATING THE REAPER. HARNESS THIS INSIDER KNOWLEDGE AND THEN PASS IT ON TO YOUR GREAT-GRANDKIDS

Live higher up
The science. A 2009 study of peopLe in Switzerland found that those living at high altitudes had a 22% lower risk of dying of coronary heart disease.

Why it helps. Scientists say the extra UVA exposure (more vitamin D) could be one benefit Vitamin D deficiency can lead to bone disorders and heart disease.

Your move. Most people benefit from taking in 1000 IU of vitamin D daily, so eat more D-rich foods, such as seafood [salmon, tuna and mackerel are good bets). Or take a vitamin Ds supplement, says study author Adit Ginde, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the University of Colorado at Denver, US.

Make relationships last
The science. Adults with strong friendships and/or community involvement lived an average of 3.7 years longer than the normal life expectancy, according to a 2010 review by researchers at Brigham Young University.

Why it helps. “Social support is linked to belter immune functioning,” says study author Julianne Holt-Lunstad, an associate professor of psychology at Brigham Young. And with meaningful bonds in your life, you’re likely to take fewer risks that endanger those worthwhile relationships, she adds.

Your move. It’s often easier to schedule an event than to plan an open-ended get-together. Sign up at a site like www.whatson.co.za, which feeds you constant ideas. If a good event pops up, rally your troops.

Brush your teeth
The science. People who brushed less than twice a day had a 70% higher risk of death or hospitalisation from heart disease than those who brushed three times or more, according to a 2010 UK study.

Why it helps. Oral bacteria can enter your blood stream, triggering plaque build-up in your arteries. Your move Brushing and flossing remove bacteria, but many people floss incorrectly, says oral hygien-ist Judy Kreismanr. Floss right: wrap the floss so it forms a “C” around the front of one tooth and a “C” around the back of the adjacent one.

Move. the floss up and down. Our floss choice: Johnson & Johnson Expansion Plus Dental Floss (R30 Clicks).

Breathe clean air
The science. People who live in cities with relatively good air quality live a lew months to a year longer than average, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Why it helps. Dirty air carries micropollutants that can trigger inflammatory reactions, says study author Dr Arden Pope. “Even mild inflammatory responses can contribute to cardiovascular disease.”

Your move. No matter where you live, you can trade sidewalk jogs tor trait runs. Streets equal more air pollution (rom passing vehicles, and deep breathing increases your inhalation of the stuff, says Pope,

Accept your age
The science. In a 2009 study from Germany, researchers asked people how they felt about their age. Those who were happy with their age lived an average of two years Longer than people who were bothered by it.

Why it helps. Acceptance of ageing-rather than denial of it-is related to healthy behaviours, says study author Dana Kotter-Grohn, a psychologist at North Carolina State University.

Your move. As people age, they tend to compare themselves with their younger selves, which leads to some disappointment, says Kotter-Griihn. Instead, compare yourself with your contemporaries; plenty will be worse off (and others will be inspirations).

Source: Men’s Health 2011

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