LIVE LONGER AND PROSPER

(Men's Health) Heed the latest science on aging and you'll add years to your life:

Intermittent Fasting
Cramming all of your allotted daily calories into a shorter period of time may help slow the cells' aging process, promoting a longer life span, reports Cell Metabolism. Just make sure those calories don't come with fries.

Stubbornness
A study of Italians ages 90 to 101 found the following commonalities: optimism; stubbornness; a domineering streak; and a bond with God, family, and land; reports International Psychogeriatrics.

Sex
Circulation reports research shows that sexual activity may decrease heart-disease risk by imitating the effects of mild to moderate exercise. True that's an increased risk of heart-attack, but only for those less physically activity.

Oral Hygiene
People who had lost five or more teeth by age 65 were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. Brush, floss, rinse, repeat. This according to Periodontology 2000.

Dogs
Families ages 40 to 80, with a dog were 30 percent less likely to die within a 12 year period than their canine-free peers. Scientific Reports.

Running with the Pack
Scientific Reports says taking part in group exercise whether it's a rec-league hoops or swimming, helps maintain social connectedness into your later years and may contribute to a longer, healthier life.

Acceptance
As you pass those major milestones, having a positive self-perception of aging can up life expectancy by seven and a half years. Look on the brighter side. The Gerontologist

Alcohol
A study from UC Irvine found an association between having two glasses of wine daily and an 18 percent lower risk of premature death. But don't cross the line from benefit to binge.

Staying Silent
Ditch the male stereotype. Experiencing even low-level anxiety and depression correlates with higher mortality rates. It's time to talk, gentlemen. BMJ

Commuting
Long hours on buses, on trains, and in cars may shorten life spans. Cycling to work, even part of the way, can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. BMJ

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