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Category: Lifestyle

Older man exercising
A new review summarizes our knowledge about lifestyle interventions, such as exercise, healthy diet, and good sleep, that can possibly reduce cellular senescence [1]. What do we do with a senescent cell? Why we Age: Cellular SenescenceAs your body ages, more of your cells become senescent. Senescent cells do not divide or support the tissues...
Elderly Alcohol
A new study has found that higher levels of long-term alcohol consumption are associated with a larger gap between the person’s biological and chronological age, but not in the young [1]. Don’t drink and age It is common knowledge that excessive drinking can be quite harmful [2], but previous research has suggested a horseshoe-like relationship,...
Interrupted Sleep
A new preprint suggests that continuous sleep disruption might drive health problems via increased cellular senescence in visceral fat tissue [1]. Sleep and health Until recently, the impact of sleep on human health was largely overlooked, including for healthcare professionals who work long hours. Now, scientists are beginning to understand that impaired sleep quality drives...
City smog
A review paper published in GeroScience has detailed a substantial amount of research into the ways that environmental pollutants accelerate aging. A new model for an old problem This paper begins with the well-known fact that age-related diseases, defined here as age-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), are extremely prevalent throughout the Western world. These include such...
Elderly hobbies
A new publication in Nature Medicine has provided evidence from multiple countries supporting the idea that older people who have hobbies are healthier and less likely to have depression. Loneliness, social isolation, and hobbies This paper begins with an explanation of population aging and its downstream consequences. The authors point out United Nations data showing...
Elderly bicycling
A new study suggests that greater diversity of everyday activities is associated with a slower rate of age-related cognitive decline, independently of the amount of physical activity [1]. Variety or quantity? It is widely accepted that being cognitively and socially active can slow down age-associated cognitive decline. Scientists also generally agree that the range of...