Anti-ageing experts say 'basic changes' can help you live longer

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The simple steps could expand your lifespan by up to 15 years (stock photo) (Image: Shutterstock / tommaso lizzul)
The simple steps could expand your lifespan by up to 15 years (stock photo) (Image: Shutterstock / tommaso lizzul)

We all want to live our lives to the fullest, and while we know that we can't live forever, there are steps we can take that will give us the best shot at living a long and healthy life so we can spend more time doing the things we love. And according to scientists, some of those steps can be as simple as making lifestyle changes such as eating healthier foods and exercising more regularly.

Anti-ageing researchers have claimed that by making easy changes to your daily habits you could extend your life span by up to 15 years - and all you have to do is eat well and treat your body right by making sure you get plenty of exercise, drink enough water, and look after yourself.

Doctor David Clancy from Lancaster University, who has spent decades researching how to delay the onset of age-related decline, said the two major factors in living a longer life are calorie restriction and exercise. And while these two tips might seem simple, Dr Clancy said they really can help slow down the ageing process as they help to clear the body of senescent cells, also known as "zombie cells".

These cells eventually stop dividing and release compounds in the body that accelerates ageing, so by exercising and eating healthy foods, you're helping your body to get rid of these cells so the ageing process doesn't speed up.

Speaking to Mail Online, Dr Clancy said: "When things go into a state of starvation or where they think there is going to be substantial energetic demand, the cell will go into a state where they start to clean up proteins that are not working properly. These proteins can hang around in normal conditions, but when the cell thinks there is going to be energy demands on it, then these things get cleaned up."

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Another anti-ageing scientist, Doctor Andrew Steele, also backed the exercise theory and insisted it's never too late to start working out and that "no start is too small". He claimed that regular exercise can even have the power to improve fitness in those over the age of 90, and said exercise has been proven to reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer and dementia.

While Professor Richard Faragher, an expert in biogerontology at the University of Brighton, believes there is no "one-size fits all" approach to slowing down the ageing process, and instead said basic changes to your lifestyle such as watching your weight, exercising, and quitting smoking can all help to make you live longer - although it's different for everyone.

He explained: "If you do those the difference in your life expectancy is about 15 years. But people don't always like that advice.

"Worry about the bells and whistles if you are kind of the right weight, you are not waking up six days out of seven with a hangover, you are not gasping for a cigarette every ten minutes and your diet is healthy. Then you can start to move on to what you can do about exercising to enhance your immune system."

Zahna Eklund

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