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Healthy Longevity

Health is a valuable investment in an individual’s overall well-being. Investing in preventative measuresat an early age and optimising health will lead to a much higher quality of life over the long term

Genetics

Longevity is influenced by genetics. Studies show that about 25% of longevity differences among people are influenced by genetic contributions. These gene variants are responsible for protecting the cell against the hallmarks of aging.

Environment

The environment plays a key role in longevity. Environmental factors may include air quality or even altitude. There are known ‘Blue Zones’, where people live longer and have lower risks for chronic diseases. These include Okinawa (Japan), Ikaria (Greece), Sardinia (Italy), Loma Linda (California), and Nicoya (Costa Rica).

Lifestyle

Most importantly, you can directly influence your health and longevity by your lifestyle choices. A healthy (predominantly plant- based) diet and a regular exercise routine is known to effect health and thus enhance longevity. The Osler Wellness team promotes Lifestyle Medicine, which is an evidence-based approach to making positive lifestyle choices based upon 6 Lifestyle pillars:

1) Regular exercise

2) Healthy diet 

3) Reduce stress

4) Positive social connections

5) Restorative sleep 

6) Minimise risky substances e.g. alcohol or smoking

It is important to keep in mind that every person is individual, and the things that work for you will be different from the things that work for others. The best way to improve your longevity is to base your lifestyle actions on medical diagnostics. 

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