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5 Secrets to Longevity: Preventing Disease Rather Than Treating It Could Be the Best Way to Have a Long and Happy Life

Sep. 28 2023, Published 3:56 p.m. ET

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Preventing disease rather than treating it could be the best way to have a long and happy life. Here are five secrets to longevity.

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1. Eat well.

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It's obvious, but diet is crucial. According to Harvard Medical School, Feast on “vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains, healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids” and avoid “red and processed meats, sugar sweetened beverages, trans fat and sodium.”

2. Get moving.

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Exercise is also important but consistent movement is better than a gym membership. Says National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner, the oldest living people “tend to walk to school or work, have gardens out back and clean their own homes … Centenarians get some sort of movement every 20 minutes or so.” Bicycling, dancing and tai chi can also do wonders.

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3. Be at ease.

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Buettner also says the world’s oldest people “have routines to shed stress,” such as taking a nap. “In fact, our research found that taking naps lowers heart disease by about one third.” If naps aren’t practical for you, daily meditation helps as well.

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4. Have a good mindset.

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According to Daniel Kennedy, producer of the docu-series Healthy Long Life, it’s important to live in the moment. “[Many of the elderly adults I met] don’t focus on yesterday or tomorrow, they focus on today,” he says. They also benefited from a close-knit family and close ties to their community.

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5. All in moderation.

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Limit your alcohol intake. Per the dietary guidelines of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “moderate drinking” is one drink for women per day and two for men.


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