Religious People Live Longer

Ohio State University scientists have examined two samples of more than 1600 obituaries looking for religion, marital status and social activities. They found religious people lived an average of 5.64 years longer than nonbelievers. When controlled for gender and marital status the advantage was 3.82 years. Religious values, prayer and mediation, and volunteerism may all help…

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Midlife Physical Fitness Conveys Lower Risk for Cancer

Men in the highest fitness level when tested in mid-life had a 50% lower incidence of lung and colorectal cancer (but not prostate cancer) after age 65 compared to those in the lowest fitness category. Those who who did develop any of these three cancers after age 65 lived longer when they were physically fit during midlife. PositiveTip:…

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Compounding Health Choices

Swiss researchers looked at the health risks of poor diet, irregular exercise, smoking and high alcohol consumption among 16,700 Swiss men and women. Smokers were most likely to die prematurely, but people with all four risk factors were 2.5 times more likely to die. However, people free of all risk factors could increase their life…

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The Hazards of Becoming an American

Not everything about the American lifestyle is conducive to good health. Foreign-born Hispanics live about three years longer than those born in America. Our wages may be higher and we have a very sophisticated healthcare system--but immigrants also want to adopt the American lifestyle of smoking, drinking, sedentary living, and high calorie diets. The New York…

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Live Longer with Lower Vitamin D Levels

Studies of the role of vitamin D in human physiology indicate that vitamin D is involved in bone formation, the growth and development of immune cells, and stimulation or inhibition of blood vessels in cancer. Those who have lower levels of vitamin D are found to have higher death rates from heart disease, diabetes mellitus,…

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Simple Test Predicts Longevity

How well can you sit on the floor and rise again without support? This simple test could predict your chances of long-term survival! Brazilian researchers studied 2002 participants for at least 6.3 years and found the survival odds differed by 5.44 fold between the highest and lowest scores (use of hand, forearm, knee, side of…

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People Living Longer, but Living Sicker

Americans may live longer thanks to the availability of advanced medical care, but the proliferation of chronic diseases and preventable problems lowers the quality of life. Almost 10% of the population has diabetes, 27.8% are obese, and 30.8% are diagnosed with hypertension. A fascinating fact in this report is that low-risk people over 50 cost…

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Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health?

A lot of health misinformation and bald-faced lies circulate on the internet, so it is a pleasure to be able to recommend a very clever, informative, and entertaining presentation by Mike Evans, MD of the University of Toronto. It is called, 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for…

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Walk Faster, Live Longer

A study just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) examined the walking speed of older adults to see how it affected their life expectancy. The study analyzed the results of nine other scientific studies as well.All nine studies combined together totaled more than 34,000 senior adults, 65 years of age and older. Their…

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A “Longevity Gene” May Protect Against Cognitive Decline

The genetics of late-life dementia, although complex, are getting a lot of attention these days. The gene for chlolesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) codes for a specific amino acid within the human genome. A majority of those who live beyond 100 have valine at codon 405 and lower cardiovascular risk. A prospective study of 523…

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