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What are some scientifically valid ways to increase your life expectancy?

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As the title says, what are some scientifically valid ways to increase your life expectancy? That is, which practices (ex: diet, exercise, etc.) have been shown to increase the average life expectancy in experimental studies?
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Did you do a search for studies before asking?
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Did you do a search for studies before asking?
Yes, and I found some, namely on the effects of jogging. However, I thought that asking here could not only benefit me, but also other people; and it could also bring in answers from those who have accumulated big amounts of knowledge on the topic. It could also expand my searching domains.

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What are some scientifically valid ways to increase your life expectancy?

http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_buettne...to_be_100.html

A lot of studies being done on this. We need to relax, keep mentally and physically active, have lots of friends and family around. I think this video mentioned how exercise for the sake of exercise wasn't very helpful, that for example running a mile after a long day at work can actually be harmful unless you're doing it because you love running. Walking to see a friend who lives far away and then relaxing with them and having a cup of tea is beneficial. We need to find ways of exercising that we enjoy and that help us relax.

It's a while since I watched the video!
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there is that aubrey degray guy who wants to be immortal
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there is that aubrey degray guy who wants to be immortal
I've seen a documentary about him. He seems like a crackpot.
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Don't smoke. Get 8 hours of sleep per night. Get some exercise but not too much. Eat a variety of foods and don't overeat. Avoid stress. Stay social. Live long.
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I've seen a documentary about him. He seems like a crackpot.
He *is* a crackpot.
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Calorie restriction (starvation) to the point of constant hunger is known to dramatically extend the lifespan of a wide variety of animals. It is being tested in humans as well.
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Calorie restriction (starvation) to the point of constant hunger is known to dramatically extend the lifespan of a wide variety of animals. It is being tested in humans as well.
A fairly recent paper argues that at least in rhesus monkeys, this may not be the case:
The verdict, from a 25-year study in rhesus monkeys fed 30% less than control animals, represents another setback for the notion that a simple, diet-triggered switch can slow ageing. Instead, the findings, published this week in Nature, suggest that genetics and dietary composition matter more for longevity than a simple calorie count.
Calorie restriction falters in the long run: Genetics and healthy diets matter more for longevity.
http://www.nature.com/news/calorie-r...ng-run-1.11297

Impact of caloric restriction on health and survival in rhesus monkeys from the NIA study
http://www.nature.com/nature/journal...ture11432.html
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As the title says, what are some scientifically valid ways to increase your life expectancy? That is, which practices (ex: diet, exercise, etc.) have been shown to increase the average life expectancy in experimental studies?
Besides having good genes - diet and exercise, and a healthy lifestyle help. There a number of books on proper foods to eat - e.g., fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Exercise could be simply walking for 1/2 to 1 hour per day, running, swimming, or some activity that gets the heart rate up for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Stress reducing activities are helpful, as is good relationships with close friends or companions.

Coincidentally, I just came across this article
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayi...icts-longevity
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Besides having good genes - diet and exercise, and a healthy lifestyle help. There a number of books on proper foods to eat - e.g., fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains. Exercise could be simply walking for 1/2 to 1 hour per day, running, swimming, or some activity that gets the heart rate up for at least 20 to 30 minutes. Stress reducing activities are helpful, as is good relationships with close friends or companions.

Coincidentally, I just came across this article
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayi...icts-longevity
Reading the article, gee, ya think?

More than half the participants ages 76 to 80 failed the tests, scoring 0 to 3.

People who scored 0 to 3 were 6.5 times more likely to die during the course of the 6.3 year study, compared to people who scored from 8 to 10.
I could have guessed that without a test. The oldest people in the test were more likely to die. I'm shocked.
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We just had a presentation for insurance plans at work. I can't remember the exact info but recall a few points that were interesting. They said if you live to age 80 you've got a better chance of living to 86 and if you make it to 90 you've got a better chance to make it to 93. They also said smokers and skydivers can expect to pay a lot more for the same coverage.
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This tends to support my last post. http://life-span.findthedata.org/d/d/86
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Quote Quote by enosis_ View Post
We just had a presentation for insurance plans at work. I can't remember the exact info but recall a few points that were interesting. They said if you live to age 80 you've got a better chance of living to 86 and if you make it to 90 you've got a better chance to make it to 93. They also said smokers and skydivers can expect to pay a lot more for the same coverage.
Better than what?

If you calculate the probability to live up to age 86 (based on the current mortality rates), a person of age 80 will get a higher probability than a child. Of course, the child has to survive some decades just to reach 80 (~48% (male) or 62% (female) probability according to this website).
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Better than what?

If you calculate the probability to live up to age 86 (based on the current mortality rates), a person of age 80 will get a higher probability than a child. Of course, the child has to survive some decades just to reach 80 (~48% (male) or 62% (female) probability according to this website).
From the http://life-span.findthedata.org/d/d/86 link, a male infant expectancy is 75.38 and female is 80.43. The answer to your question of "better than what?" would be an extension of these. If the male lives past 75.38 and makes it to 80 - he has a good chance to make it 7.9 additional years and the female 9.43 years http://life-span.findthedata.org/d/d/86. (I'm finding this link cumbersome to use).
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Actually, if you change the number corresponding to the age at the tail end of this link - it will tale you to the age you want... http://life-span.findthedata.org/d/d/86 = 86 http://life-span.findthedata.org/d/d/80 = 80.
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That is just the effect I described. Those males survived all the dangers of the first 80 years, so their total life expectancy is longer. The remaining life expectancy drops all the time (this is different for many other animals, by the way).


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