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What Can We Do About Aging? (HTML Version)
Eat more fruits and vegetables.

Eat more fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants, substances that protect you from free-radical damage. Free radicals are destructive by-products of energy production. The damage they do inside cells is considered a major cause of aging.

Floss Your Teeth.

Take care your teeth.
Taking care of your teeth actually benefits your overall health. Infections that develop in your mouth may spread to other sites in your body and lead to heart disease, stroke, or accelerated aging.

Protect yourself from the sun.

Protect yourself from the sun.
Sun exposure accelerates skin aging and increases your risk of skin cancer. The ultraviolet rays in sunlight damage cell structures, so too much sun may have other harmful effects on the body.

Stop or avoid tobacco exposure.

Stop or avoid tobacco exposure.
Toxins in tobacco products damage cells, cause cancer, accelerate aging, and increase risks of many serious diseases.

Increase your activity.

Increase your activity.
Exercise reduces stress, improves brain function, and reduces your risk of disease. In your cells, exercise leads to more efficient energy production and less free-radical damage.

Maintain a healthy weight.

Maintain a healthy weight.
A healthy weight decreases your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and accelerated aging. Excessive weight is associated with inefficient energy production and an increase in harmful free radicals within cells.

Challenge your brain.

Challenge your brain.
Novel challenges and new experiences keep your brain active and encourage the growth of new connections between brain cells.

Connect with friends and family.

Connect with friends and family.
Social ties enhance our positive experiences and support us in stressful times. Researchers have found that socially isolated people have higher levels of stress. Psychological stress is associated with greater risks of illness and death.