‘Longevity gene’ (SIRT6) responsible for more efficient DNA repair

by Lindsey Valich Explorers have dreamt for centuries of a Fountain of Youth, with healing waters that rejuvenate the old and extend life indefinitely. Researchers at the University of Rochester, however, have uncovered more evidence that the key to longevity resides instead in a gene. In a new paper published in the journal Cell, theContinue reading “‘Longevity gene’ (SIRT6) responsible for more efficient DNA repair”

A chemical in the ashitaba plant may help us live longer.

by CHRISTIAN COTRONEO If the startling results of a recent Austrian study are any indication, we should all get better acquainted with ashitaba. In fact, we might even want to make a little room for this ancient Japanese plant beside the basil and lavender in the windowsill. Ashitaba may have a bright future in WesternContinue reading “A chemical in the ashitaba plant may help us live longer.”

Death rates in later life flatten out and suggest there may be no fixed limit on human longevity, countering some previous work.

by Elie Dolgin There might be no natural limit to how long humans can live — at least not one yet in sight — contrary to the claims of some demographers and biologists. That’s according to a statistical analysis published Thursday in Science1 on the survival probabilities of nearly 4,000 ‘super-elderly’ people in Italy, allContinue reading “Death rates in later life flatten out and suggest there may be no fixed limit on human longevity, countering some previous work.”

Mediterranean diet could add years to your life

by MELISSA BREYER If there’s a single way of eating that persists in laying claim as one of the healthiest, it’s the Mediterranean diet. Experts continue to sing the praises of eating plenty of olive oil, plant foods, fish and wine. The latest research — following several years of headline-making studies — makes it hardContinue reading “Mediterranean diet could add years to your life”

New research suggests that these 5 healthy habits could help you live a decade longer: eating healthy, exercising, keeping a healthy BMI, not smoking and not drinking too much.

Want to prolong your life expectancy by more than a decade? A new study suggests that you can do just that by following these five healthy habits: never smoke, maintain a healthy body-mass index, keep up moderate to vigorous exercise, don’t drink too much alcohol, and eat a healthy diet. Adhering to those five lifestyleContinue reading “New research suggests that these 5 healthy habits could help you live a decade longer: eating healthy, exercising, keeping a healthy BMI, not smoking and not drinking too much.”

Greenland sharks grow a centimeter a year and live more than four centuries.

By Elizabeth Pennisi Imagine having to wait a century to have sex. Such is the life of the Greenland shark—a 5-meter-long predator that may live more than 400 years, according to a new study, making it the longest lived vertebrate by at least a century. So it should come as no surprise that the femalesContinue reading “Greenland sharks grow a centimeter a year and live more than four centuries.”

New research identifies the personality traits associated with longevity

By Robert Preidt In remote Italian villages nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains lives a group of several hundred citizens over the age of 90. Researchers at the University of Rome La Sapienza and University of California San Diego School of Medicine have identified common psychological traits in members of this group. The study,Continue reading “New research identifies the personality traits associated with longevity”

Every hour you run adds 7 hours to your lifespan – no matter how slow you go, new study claims

Every hour you run extends your life span by seven hours, a new study has revealed. Scientists say that running just one hour a week is the most effective exercise to increase life expectancy. This holds true no matter how many miles or how fast you run, the researchers claim. For those that take thisContinue reading “Every hour you run adds 7 hours to your lifespan – no matter how slow you go, new study claims”

Do you think you’ll live to be 100? The answer may be in your genes.

By Marlene Cimons Mary Harada’s father lived to 102, healthy and sharp to the end. She wouldn’t mind living that long, if she could stay as mentally and physically fit as he was. “He died sitting in his chair,’’ says Harada, 80, a retired history professor who lives in West Newbury, Mass. “He was inContinue reading “Do you think you’ll live to be 100? The answer may be in your genes.”

What’s the Secret to Longevity? Lessons from “Blue Zones” Worldwide

Five places in the world are now considered so-called “Blue Zones” – geographic areas where people are living much longer and more active lives. The first Blue Zone identified was Sardinia’s Nuoro province, which researchers Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain found to have the greatest number of male centenarians. Four other Blue Zones have sinceContinue reading “What’s the Secret to Longevity? Lessons from “Blue Zones” Worldwide”