18 Simple Rules to Follow if You Want to Live to 100
Sure, your genes have something to do with your life span, but the doctors we spoke to agreed that simple things can make a big dent in your risk of chronic disease. You won’t just live longer—you’ll make those (many, many) years count.
Four years after doing so, your chance of having a heart attack falls to that of someone who has never smoked. After ten years, your lung cancer risk drops to nearly that of a nonsmoker. Use the tricks ex-smokers used to put down cigarettes for good.
Thirty minutes of activity is all that’s necessary. Three ten-minute walks will do it. Learn exactly how much daily activity will help you live longer.
Eat your produce
Fruit, vegetables … whatever your favorites are, just make sure you eat them every day. This is exactly how many fruits and veggies will help you live longer.
No need to go test-crazy; just get the health screenings recommended for your stage of life. Check with your doctor to make sure you’re up-to-date.
Make sleep a priority
For most adults who want to live to 100, that means seven to eight hours every night. If you have a tough time turning off the light, remember that sleep deprivation raises the risk of heart disease, cancer, and more.
Ask your doctor about low-dose aspirin
Heart attack, stroke, even cancer—a single 81 mg tablet per day may fight them all. (Aspirin comes with risks, though, so don’t start on your own.) Don’t miss these other health tips from the world’s longest-living people.
Know your blood pressure numbers
It’s not called the silent killer just to give your life a little more drama. Keep yours under 120/80 if you want to live to 100.
Loneliness is another form of stress. Friends, family, and furry pets help you feel loved. Find out which easy solo activity can help you live longer.
Cut back on saturated fat
It’s the raw material your body uses for producing LDL, bad cholesterol. Plus, avoid these other foods you should never eat if you want to live a long life.
Get help for depression
It doesn’t just feel bad; it does bad things to your body. In fact, when tacked onto diabetes and heart disease, it increases risk of early death by as much as 30 percent.
Reference: Reader’s Digest