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25 October 2010 No Comment

Headline: “A firm handshake and brisk walk could be indicators of a longer life expectancy, researchers claim.

Story: Researchers think they have identified the 4 physical tasks that seem to correlate with longer life. They found people who performed better at 1) gripping, 2) walking, 3) rising from a chair, and 4) balancing on one leg “tended to live to a riper age”. In theory then, an exercise program that involves getting up out of your chair repeatedly while squeezing is the ultimate exercise regime for those seeking to live a long time.

Headline: “Why Do Heavy Drinkers Outlive Nondrinkers?

(I almost don’t want to know, I’m happy to just run with the fact that we do live longer and count my blessings…)

Story: Moderate alcohol intake (1-3 drinks per day) has been shown to be associated with the lowest mortality rate, due to improvements in “heart health, circulation and sociability”, especially if the alcohol is red wine (my personal favourite, after tequila of course). They followed nearly 2000 people for 20 years and found that in that time “69% of the abstainers died during the 20 years, 60% of the heavy drinkers died and only 41% of moderate drinkers died”. Get amongst it people!

Headline: “Lack of Sleep Linked With Depression, Weight Gain andĀ EvenĀ Death

Story: Yikes. “Men who slept less than 6 hours per day were four times more likely to die than those who got a full night’s rest”. “Short sleepers were 14% more likely to report symptoms of psychological distress”. “In people suffering from anxiety lack of sleep triggered more serious mental health problems like full-blown depression and even bipolar disorder”. “Teenagers who slept less than 8 hours a night on weeknights ate 2% more calories from fat per day and 3% more calories from carbs than teens who slept longer. Cumulatively, this behavior increases the risk of obesity and, in turn, the chances of developing cardiovascular disease later in life.”

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