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The key to long life?

  1. Dec 21, 2004 #1
    The premise would be to limit the number of cellular divisions..

    So things like:

    Staying out of the sun (lower cell damage and therefore turnover)
    Caloric Restriction (lower overall energy needs + less oxidative stress)
    Eating a lot of suplements (so the body does not need to synthesise them)
    Minimize all work (i.e no unecessary movements, less cell damage, less oxidative stress)
    Climate controlled (ambient temp correct so the body requires very little internal heating, nor wasting energy to produce sweat)

    Anything to add to the list? Would these even help?
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  3. Dec 21, 2004 #2


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    Caloric restriction will decrease the speed of aging; however, your health might suffer as you may lack vital nutrient. Supplements might also be hazard if they are not taken properly.

    I think exercise if better than no excersized. As far as I remember, the person doing a caloric restriction still did regular exercise but it was in water rather than on the ground.
  4. Dec 21, 2004 #3


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    Yes, I think if you severly restrict your diet, as I have been doing for about a year, you have to pay careful attention to WHAT you eat. I eat oatmeal and salads, bread and some cheese. I take supplements of folic acid, B6, and magnesium, as well as an aspirin a day. Once a week I eat some meat (usually beef). This is in addition to my prescriptions; metformin for my blood sugar, lisinopril for blood pressure, and fluvastatin for cholesterol. So far it's working, my numbers have stabilized at good values, and my weight (at 6'4") is 177 pounds..
  5. Dec 21, 2004 #4
    The idea behind the suplements is more the fact that if you lack essential nutrients you will accumulate DNA damage.

    I also dont agree with the non-movement part although I would recommend against professional sports. Its vital to keep the body in good shape to fight of disease. A good infection can tremendously speed up the turnover of cells.
    So light exersise daily

    If I had to add to the list I would say one glas of red whine a day preferrable pinot noir and a fresh bottle every time. :tongue2:

    Perhaps an aspirin twice a weak which has been suggested to be beneficial against atherosclerosis and varous types of cancer
  6. Dec 25, 2004 #5
    Wine would be good:)
    Resveratrol, a kind of sirtuin, is said to be anti-aging, and present in red wine. Calorie restricted diet is a good way too, but may have some expenses as iansmith says. There is important research carried on C.elegans and its dauers on this subject, some substances and overexpression of some genes increase their life cycle a lot.
  7. Dec 25, 2004 #6
    The key to a long life is not dieing.
  8. Dec 27, 2004 #7
    Haha...That's true, yet obvious.

    Another thing I want to add is, if this is what it takes to live longer (no excercise, controled diet, and other minimal fundamental activities) then there's no point in living longer. I rather enjoy the short life and live it happily and freely . There's much more things in life than trying to live longer. :smile:
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    Eating at least five portions a day of certain fruit and vegetables could cut the risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 50%, US researchers believe.

    Onions, garlic, beans, carrots, corn, dark leafy vegetables and citrus fruits were among the most protective foods, according to the study.


    Eating fresh vegetables and fruits will apparently contribute to a healthier and longer life.

    Exercise is also important as well as moderating caloric intake.

    Avoiding 'red' meat e.g. beef, and eating instead pork, chicken and fish, will help.

    Drinking black tea apparently helps.

    And having a positive attitude toward life.

    I mention these points based on the fact that they contributed to my grandfather living to 103+ yrs.

    Also see - "Lessons From the Earth's Elders" - http://www.webmd.com/content/article/113/110882.htm

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  10. Jan 6, 2006 #9
    i had a great great grandmother who ate fish and fresh vegetables everyday who lived till 102 years. i believe that's all she ate. unfortunately, she died when she hit her head as she fell off the stairs
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    Um. Being Diabetic is a rather important point to mention when asking about any issue to do with longevity, diet and general health...:rolleyes:

    If you can keep those blood sugars down through diet and exercise alone without the use of medication, you will be doing excellently (and will ipso facto, be living a calorie-restricted diet.)
  12. Jan 21, 2006 #11
    Ive heared drinking more water helps prevent aging the brain.

    My grandmother told me of a story of a man that lived to be up to 190, he never went outside of his house !
  13. Jan 21, 2006 #12
    I read an article in New Scientist that says that people who are slightly overweight tend to live longer than those who are ideal weight or thin, as a statistical average and when all other conditions were accounted for, this has proved true in several studies. Not exactly conclusive but interesting.

    Stress reduction is key. Getting enough sleep also pretty key, if you can survive on 4 hrs a day fine but it doesn't mean you have to. Shift working especially triple shifts etc will make you live less long. There are countless odd things you'd never think would affect health but you'd be surprised.
  14. Jan 24, 2006 #13
    Oh and I forgot that French lady that lived to 120+ I forget exactly how long but she met Van Gogh. said that her key to a long life was a glass of red wine a day and a positive attitude.
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    The weight is down due to diet, of course. When I went for a few months without glucose meds a couple of years ago (changing from one region of the VA to another) my glucose level stabilized at around 150, which the doctor thought was acceptible without meds.
  16. Jan 24, 2006 #15
    strong antioxidant like r-ala and yet to be discovered phytochemicals will probably be a great aid aswell.

    Linus Pauling probably had alot going with his ideas.
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    Turning Back the Hands of Time
    Being young may be largely a lifestyle choice
    By Anne McGrath

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