Certain factors can disrupt the gut microbiota. These include our diet, alcohol consumption, antibiotics and inflammatory bowel disease.
A new study shows that the gut microbiota has little or no effect on our weight, metabolism and risk of developing chronic diseases.
Healthspan measures incorporate quality of life in ways that lifespan does not.
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Aging is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases. Figuring out what influences longevity and how to identify rapid agers could lead to healthier and longer lives for more people.
In relationships, women tend to take the lead in promoting healthy behaviors.
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Most marriage and health studies have focused on married men and women. But more recent studies examine relationships in which partners have the same gender identity, the same biological sex and who are gender diverse.
Is there a limit to human life expectancy?
The oldest person in the world, Kane Tanaka of Japan, died in April 2022 at 119 years. The record of Jeanne Calment of France, who died at 122, has stood for almost 25 years. Will it be beaten?
Our research is countering some previous ideas about what factors might slow down ageing. Further study could help us create targeted treatments in humans too.
Women who reported themselves to have high levels of optimism lived longer on average.
According to a recent study, optimists were more likely to live into their nineties.
A compound in sea squirts seemed to reverse some of the signs of ageing in middle-aged mice, but will it work in humans?
It’s important to do resistance training alongside other types of exercise.
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The study found that short amounts of weekly resistance exercise lowered risk of premature death from many different diseases by around 10-20%.
Changing diet at age 60 could increase life expectancy by eight years.
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Diets high in legumes, whole grains, nuts and less red and processed meat were shown to be more beneficial for longevity.
Do you want to live forever?
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Amazon founder is funding a biotechnology startup that is looking to reverse ageing.
Exercise is still one of the best ways to boost longevity.
Life-extension therapies may be coming sooner than you think.
Many of the advice given to humans works for dogs, too.
Mice given a faecal transplant from young mice, rejuvenated their brains and were better able to complete a maze task.
How long could a human really live?
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Researchers think they’ve calculated the limit of human life span – but there’s more to it.
The more you sit, the more movement you need.
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Choosing the right “cocktail” of light activity, exercise and sitting, can improve health and decrease risk of premature death.
More than 22 million Americans lost their jobs at the start of the pandemic.
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It’s not just about the money. Raising the minimum wage would lead to happier and healthier lives for millions of Americans.
Memory declines with age.
Anti-inflammatory drugs may be able to reverse cognitive decline in the future.
Hydrogen sulfide is a stinky toxic gas, but it has health benefits when released in small amounts inside the body. That’s why eating more plant proteins is linked to longevity.
Hydrogen sulphide is a smelly, poisonous gas, but it plays an important role in aging and longevity. New research shows that eating less meat could be a key to harnessing its healthy effects.
In Australia, among young men, recessions might save hundreds of lives per year.
Many lifestyle factors and chronic conditions affect our life expectancy.
The app’s predictions may only work if we’re willing to make life changes.