Statistics indicate that adults in developed countries are living longer. In the U.S. a century ago, life expectancy was 48 years for men and 51 years for women. In the year 2,000, life expectancy for men was 74.3 years; for women, it was 79.7 years. The trend is continuing; for men, life expectancy rose from 74.3 in 2000 to 74.4 years in 2001. Women’s life expectancy rose from 79.7 to 79.8 years.
Genetics is one of the most important factors related to Longevity. While we may not be able to easily correct the biological ‘hand’ that was dealt to us, we can mitigate some of the consequences of our inherited biology. You can help your chances of living a longer healthier life by adopting a healthier lifestyle including:
Longevity Q-100 is designed to help in cellular rejuvenation and repair. This formulation encourages our pituitary glands to secrete more of our own human growth hormone that initiates that rejuvenation. Human growth hormone is a protein hormone of about 190 amino acids that are synthesized and secreted by cells called somatotrophs in the anterior pituitary.
Human growth hormone is considered to be the body’s master hormone as its release triggers other hormones such as insulin-like growth factor 1 to refurbish the health of individual cells. It is a major participant in control of several complex physiologic processes, including growth and metabolism. The rate of HGH secretion from the anterior pituitary is highest in our youth, and declines progressively thereafter. This age-related decline in HGH secretion involves a number of changes in the HGH axis, including decreased blood levels of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) and decreased secretion of growth hormone-releasing hormone from the hypothalamus. Longevity Q-100 contains a specific combination of amino acids that have been shown to increase the potential for the body’s own human growth hormone releasing agents, often called precursors or secretagogues, to stimulate the pituitary gland to produce more human growth hormone and whose effects on the body lessens the effect of some factors thought to be related to aging.
Mitochondrial decay has been postulated to be a significant underlying part of the aging process. Decline in mitochondrial function may lead to cellular energy deficits, especially in times of greater energy demand, and compromise vital ATP-dependent cellular operations, including detoxification, repair systems, DNA replication, and osmotic balance.
Getting a deep sleep is probably the most important longevity secret. One of the most frequent statements that we hear from those taking Longevity Q–100 is that they are sleeping longer and more soundly.
Stress can have a negative effect on our well being both mentally and physiologically. Studies have shown how stress could ultimately lead to a decrease in longevity. Chronic psychological stress is associated with accelerated shortening of the caps, called telomeres, on the ends of chromosomes in white blood cells — and thus hasten their demise — according to a report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Telomeres promote chromosome stability. Telomeres shorten with each replication of the cell, and cells cease dividing when telomeres shorten sufficiently. The team investigated the theory that psychological stress affects telomere shortening and thereby contributes to a decrease in longevity. There are various ways to deal with stress including;
Having a positive attitude and improving your coping skills to daily stress can have positive aspects of longevity. In a sample of people aged 50 and older who were followed for an average of 23 years, respondents who reported having a positive attitude toward aging lived an average of more than 7 years longer than those who had a more dismal view of getting older. Older adults with a bright outlook on the future may live longer than those who take a dimmer view. Researchers in the Netherlands found that older men and women judged to have optimistic personalities were less likely to die over the nine-year study period than those with pessimistic dispositions. Much of this reduced risk was due to lower rates of death from cardiovascular disease among the most optimistic men and women in the study. They were 77 percent less likely to die of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular cause than the most pessimistic group-regardless of factors such as age, weight, smoking and whether they had cardiovascular or other chronic diseases at the study’s start.
Develop strong positive relationships with others, whether through family and relatives, marriage, children, pets, or connecting with nature. Research suggests that having a strong network of friends helps people live longer.
Keep your mind young and active by learning.
This can be achieved by:
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Eating a Balanced and Healthy Diet that is high in natural fibre and low in refined sugars and saturated fats. Limit daily coffee intake to one or two cups – chronic coffee consumption has a detrimental effect on aortic stiffness and wave reflections, which may increase the risk of cardiovascular or heart disease. Drink more tea, especially green tea and fewer sodas and sugared drinks. Limit fruit juice intake to no more than 8 ounces a day since fruit juices have a lot of fructose sugar. Reduce consumption of foods cooked at high temperature. By relying more on steaming, boiling and stewing to cook foods, people may be able to stay healthier. These strategies will reduce the amount of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), or glycotoxins that people consume with their food. The more AGEs healthy people eat, the greater their levels of inflammation and oxidative stress. People may be able to lower their risk of heart, diabetes, and possibly other diseases by consuming cool foods, or dishes cooked at relatively low temperatures, such as salads and tuna fish, preliminary research suggests. Foods cooked at high temperatures increased the production of advanced glycation end products (AGEs), compounds in the blood that stimulate cells to produce inflammation. While AGEs are normally produced in the body at a slow rate, they can be toxic and form more quickly when food is heated to high temperatures. Inflammation is associated with heart disease among all people, but people with diabetes are thought to be particularly vulnerable. People who consumed foods cooked at lower temperatures had lower levels of both AGEs and inflammatory proteins than people who consumed the same foods cooked at higher temperatures.
Studies have shown that caloric reduction prolongs life in animals. Cutting calories may do more than help people shed excess weight. According to a new report, a low-calorie diet may also slow age-related changes in the heart’s genes that can lead to chronic disease. In the study, “middle-aged” 14-month-old mice were fed either a normal diet or one restricted in calories. When the mice reached 30 months of age, or the equivalent of 90 years of a human life span, the researchers analyzed their heart tissue. The hearts of mice on the low-calorie diets showed nearly 20% fewer age-related genetic changes and also appeared to have less DNA damage than those of mice on regular diets. Restricting calories also inhibited potentially disease-causing changes in the immune system, and suppressed apoptosis, or programmed cell death.
To alleviate stress and strengthen your cardiovascular system begin a low impact power walking program of a least thirty minutes per day for a minimum of five days a week. Work your way up to one hour. While this level of cardiovascular exercise is the goal, data from a large study of 15,000 middle-aged and elderly people living in England shows that any increase in physical activity is beneficial. Supplement this with a weight training and stretching program that is suitable to your condition. Check with your doctor before commencing your program. A regular exercise program will reduce your high blood pressure. High blood pressure can take years off both life expectancy and time lived free of disease. Research, based on data from a long-running U.S. heart-health study, found that the impact of high blood pressure on life expectancy may be more significant than previously estimated. Researchers found that high blood pressure at the age of 50 shaved about 5 years off men’s and women’s lives. It also caused them to endure 7 more years with cardiovascular disease compared with their peers who had normal blood pressure in middle-age. It’s well known that high blood pressure raises the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney failure, and thus longevity.
Smokers die ten years younger on average than non-smokers.Studies have shown that nornicotine, a byproduct of nicotine, the substance that makes cigarettes so addictive, causes a type of chemical reaction in the body similar to that which occurs when sugar is scorched or food goes bad. This reaction is thought to play a role in diabetes, cancer and other diseases. The interaction between sugars and proteins can produce substances called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs. The accumulation of AGEs appears to contribute to the aging process and certain diseases. It is well known that smoke damages lung tissue and reduces longevity, but not as well known is that smoking causes damage to arteries as it is associated with endothelial dysfunction. The endothelium is the layer of cells that lines the heart and blood vessels. Smoking is known to cause dysfunction of this important tissue.