|Longevity attainable through multiple practices|
|Written by Amanda DiSilvestro, Daily Vidette Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 26 August 2009 20:03|
Recent studies have discovered surprising things people do to give them a longer lifespan, including staying in tune with the newest technology.
Although it is easy to keep up with the latest trends in college, it is important to keep it up in later years. Researchers say using the latest technology helps to keep people mentally intact and socially engaged. In fact, many of the oldest Americans are using Twitter, Facebook and even date online.
"That is super interesting. I’ve never heard that but as a psych major I can see that. I have learned that keeping your mind stimulated is just as important as keeping your body stimulated. If you challenge yourself with things like Sudoku you will be less likely to develop dementia, so it makes sense," Nikki Meyer, senior psychology major and current member of the group Peer Education, said.
Another way to live longer is to actually go out and have fun. While homework is important, so is the ability to reduce stress.
According to recent studies, outgoing people are 50 percent less likely to develop dementia. Scientists believe this is because they have lower levels of cortisol, or "stress hormone" in the brain, while stressed individuals let the cortisol inhibit brain cell communication.
Kimmy Birmingham, junior nursing major, agreed with the importance of keeping your mind sharp.
"This makes sense because outgoing people keep their minds stimulated, which makes a huge difference in life expectancy," said Birmingham, who went on to explain there are many real life
"This reminds me of the story I heard about a lady who graduated with a history degree at age 90. She said she just wanted to keep her mind from going to mush. She also said it was funny because she had lived through a lot of what they were talking about in her classes," Birmingham said.
If this is not convincing enough, putting raspberries in your oatmeal is another way to live longer. Adding fiber to any diet helps people reduce the risk of heart disease by 17 percent.
However, when asked about the importance of fiber, Meyer agreed but did explain, "Fiber is definitely good for you, but you should try and have a balanced diet. Don’t just focus on getting fiber."
Finally, snoring is another one of the surprising signs that determine how long someone will live. When people snore it is a sign that they have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes someone to stop breathing briefly because throat tissue collapses and blocks your airway. Studies have found that those who do not snore are three times more likely to live longer.
"You literally stop breathing at night and then wake up. This then causes other sleep disorders that really take a toll on your health," said Birmingham.
For eight more signs you’ll live longer visit health.msn.com.