What Factors Influence Anti-Aging?
Is the fountain of youth right underneath your very nose? Lifestyle is the key when it comes to anti aging and longevity.
Genes are like’ subfolders’. They are segments of DNA that are responsible for appearance and how your body works. Genes are related to almost everything related to life. Yet, alone, they are not the major player in how you age.
Only twenty to thirty percent of longevity relies on genetics. Researchers from the Spanish National Cancer Research Center and the Kuakinni Medical Center in Honolulu have identified two genes that influence longevity. These genes are related to cholesterol and (APO B: reduce the levels of LDL in the blood) and insulin (FOX03A: participates in insulin growth factor signaling).
In the Lifespan Study, the FOX03A gene was associated with, “doubling or tripling the odds of living for at least 95-years”. The study also found that the participants who lived had a lower waist-to-hip ratio, lower triglyceride levels, and lower glucose. The combination of these three factors is risk factors for blood sugar disorders.
Living a low stress, healthy existence seems to be “the fountain of youth”. We all would like to think there is a magic bullet for anti aging. A standard of living, not pills or creams, is related to speeding or slowing down the aging process.
7 Anti-Aging Angels
If you want to age gracefully, try embracing these 7 healthy lifestyle practices.
- Smoking avoidance and cessation
- Limiting alcohol
- Reducing Stress
- Engaging in healthy relationships
- Exercising your mind
- Nutrition: Excess carbohydrate and sugar negatively impact cholesterol and insulin. While, adequate hydration, electrolyte balance, and nutritional supplementation are three positive nutritional factors to help with anti aging.
- Physical activity. Commit to consistent bouts of various exercises.
Interestingly, research on strength training also shows promise when it comes to the anti aging process. “A 70-year-old active individual is probably younger from a biomarker standpoint – muscle strength, balance, body composition, blood pressure, cholesterol levels – than a 40-year-old inactive individual,’’ says Miriam Nelson, a professor of nutrition at Tufts University.
One main component of aging at the cellular level is oxidative stress (low anti-oxidant levels) and mitochondrial (considered the powerhouses of cells converts sugars to energy) dysfunction. Specifically, resistance training increases antioxidants. It also improves mitochondrial function for the anti aging process.
Melov and Tarnopolsky, from McMaster University Medical Center in Hamilton, Ontario, studied the anti-aging effects of strength training on volunteers who were 70 years old. They concluded that one hour of strength training twice a week for 6 and a half months results in genetic changes that were similar to a group of 25-year-old volunteers. The resistance training was also associated with 179 age-exercise related genes.
Strength training also shows promising results in reducing stress, and building self-esteem. It also increases metabolism, improves brain function, builds muscle and bone with many other health benefits. It’s no surprise that there is a strong link to longevity and anti aging here.
7 Anti Aging Angels Wrap Up
Looking to stay young? The fountain of youth is within everyone’s grasp. Lifestyle is the secret. It seems strength training is more powerful than we might have expected in turning back the “aging” clock. Eat right and exercise while making the other 5 “anti-aging angels” part of your life.