Things You Can Do To Prolong Your Life

 

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There are some steps you can take to try and avoid premature death. Premature deaths are those that occur before age 80.

The leading causes of death include cancer, lower respiratory diseases, stroke, heart disease and accidental injuries. In order to lessen your risk of a stroke you want to improve your diet. Limit fats, desserts, salt and carbohydrates. Instead eat a balanced diet including lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy and good fats.

Keep your mind alert and active to help avoid a stroke or minimize the effects of a stroke. Try puzzles, reading or playing video games.

It is important to try and maintain a healthy weight. If you are already overweight or obese it will benefit your health if you can lose the excess weight.

High blood pressure and high cholesterol may contribute to your risk for a stroke. Follow the advise of your health care professional and take any prescribed medications.

To prolong your life you need to reduce your stress level. You can learn to handle your reaction to stress. Learn relaxation exercises or try using scented oils, or engaging in massage therapy. Whatever helps relieve your stress level. Many people turn to prayer to find help handling stress.

It is important to sleep enough. Most people do best with 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night. You should wake up feeling refreshed. If you wake up feeling tired you are probably not getting enough sleep.

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Telomeres are the small caps at the end of your DNA strands. There is growing evidence that these telomeres are an important aspect of aging. These telomeres shrink as we age and your risk of death becomes higher as the telomeres become shorter.

You can slow the shrinking of the telomeres by getting proper sleep, being active and eating a healthy varied diet. A Mediterranean diet is a good choice. Finding a way to relieve stress is a very important factor. In fact, it may be one of the most important things you need to learn to manage and is probably the hardest to master.

Another important aspect for prolonging life is exercise. You need to incorporate movement in your daily routine.

Be sure to visit your health care professional for your regular checkups. Follow the advice he gives you. Regular checkups may reveal the beginning of a serious medical problem which can be treated thus prolonging your life.

Some other sensible things you can practice in order to prolong your life include not smoking, avoiding processed foods and sugary foods, avoiding unnecessary drugs, limiting the consumption of alcohol and always wearing your seat belts. Be aware of any physical limitations you have and don’t try to do something that may be harmful or injury you. It is important to keep social contacts with friends and acquaintances. Don’t simply sit alone in your home. You need to engage in conversations with others.

In some cases premature death may be avoided if these simple steps are incorporated in your lifestyle.