Follow These 'Life’s Essential 8' & Slow Ageing By 6 Years 

Nov 8, 2023, 01:04 AM IST

Follow These 'Life’s Essential 8' & Slow Ageing By 6 Years 

Srishti Sisodia

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Srishti Sisodia

Researchers at Columbia University said in a report that the eight behaviours advocated by the American Heart Association, called ‘Life’s Essential 8’, may significantly delay biological ageing. 

Eat Right 

The research recommends that one should eat a nutrient-rich diet and aim for an overall healthy eating pattern that includes whole foods, lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, nuts, seeds, and cooking in non-tropical oils such as olive and canola. 

Be More Active 

The research based on analysis of more than 6,500 adults noted that adults should get 2½ hours of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity per week. 

Quit Tobacco 

As per the research, the use of inhaled nicotine delivery products, which includes traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes and vaping, is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US. 

Get Heathy Sleep 

For a long life, good and healthy sleep is a must. It promotes healing, improves brain function and reduces the risk of chronic diseases. As per the research, most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night. 

Manage Weight 

Maintaining a healthy weight has many benefits and is crucial for a long life. 

Control Your Cholesterol 

The research suggests that high levels of non-HDL, or ‘bad’, cholesterol can lead to heart disease. 

Manage Blood Sugar 

Management of blood sugar is vital and it must include testing. Monitoring haemoglobin A1c can better reflect long-term control in people with diabetes or prediabetes. 

Manage Blood Pressure

The research said that keeping blood pressure within acceptable range can keep you healthier longer.