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    The aging process involves damage to the body and DNA so the key to longevity in the short term is limiting that damage, in the long term it involves repairing the body and DNA.


    -  Resveratol stimulates sirtuin genes linked to DNA repair.  (fruit flies living 30-50% longer)
    -  *Good cholesterol HDL* is linked to longevity.  (*people living to 100*)
    -  Low insoline is linked to longevity.  (worms and fruit flies living longer)
    -  Sleep is linked to DNA repair.
    -  The secret of red wine. (resveratol and alcohol)
    -  Alcohol. (HDL boost and reduced dementia)
    -  Reduced stress and DNA damage
    -  Social networks and friends
    -  Digestion and supplements
    -  Sex and hormones
    -  Exercise and growth hormone
    -  The Legend (cholesterol and inflammation)
    -  A good diet and lower risk of disease


    Sirtuin Genes and Resveratol


    The sirtuin genes are part of an intricate stretch response or survival mode response. When times are tough they kick in and increase DNA repair or prevent cell death. Some people use calorie restriction in order to trigger the survival mode response and stimulate the sirtuin genes.


    Resveratol also stimulates the sirtuin genes without the calorie restriction or survival mode response.
    It is similar to calorie restriction but without the calorie restriction.


    DAF2 Genes and Insoline


    Decreased or low levels of insoline are also linked to longevity.
    So a diet the keeps insoline levels low leads to a longer life similar to calorie restriction.


    Good Cholesterol (HDL)


    High levels of good cholesterol (HDL) are linked to longevity. (people living to 100)


    Exercise is linked to higher HDL levels.


    - Aerobic exercise, walking, jogging, exercise that raises your heart rate for 20 - 30 minutes at a time may be the most effective way to increase HDL levels. (duration)


    A good diet can also reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL).


    - Vitamin B, B3 Niacin, can help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and boost good (HDL) cholesterol.
    - Alcohol, one or two drinks per day can significantly increase HDL levels.
    - Omega-3 fatty acids can also increase HDL levels.
    - Monounsaturated fats such as olive oil can increase HDL levels without increasing the total cholesterol.
    - Soluble fibers such as oats, fruits, vegetables, and legumes can reduction LDL and an increase HDL levels.
    - Calcium supplementation can increase HDL levels. (postmenopausal women)
    - Cranberry juice has been shown to increase HDL levels.


    - Trans fatty acids, partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, can increase LDL and reduce HDL levels.
    - Sugar can decrease HDL and increase triglycerides levels.


    Lose weight, obesity can increase LDL and reduced HDL levels.


    Stop smoking, giving up tobacco will increase HDL levels.


    Ultra-low-fat diets have been reported to result in a significant reduction in HDL in some individuals.


    Cancer risk is reduced with increased HDL levels.


    Detoxification and reduced plaque in blood vessels is linked to HDL cholestrol, the higher the better. (heart disease)


    Sleep and DNA Repair (repair)


    The body is repaired during sleep and releases chemicals into the body that repair DNA damage and mutations, with sleep loss the damage accumulates and increases the risk of cancer or disease.


    The Secret of Red Wine (resveratol and alcohol)


    For many years doctors have wondered and searched to discover why in France heart disease is lower than in North America, and believed it to be linked to the red wine they drink.


    - Red wine has resveratol linked to DNA repair.
    - The daily 1-2 glasses of red wine contains alcohol that significantly increase HDL levels.


    Alcohol (HDL boost and reduced dementia)


    - 1-2 drinks a day is linked to lower risk of dementia such as Alzheimer’s.
    - Alcohol can significantly increase HDL levels.
    - Higher HDL levels are linked to  reduced plaque in blood vessels and lower risk of heart disease.


    Reduced Stress and DNA damage (damage)


    - Oxidative stress and DNA damage
    - Acid-Base imbalance or acidic blood pH
    - Cortisol and muscle wasting
    - Cortisol and high blood pressure


    All of these can damage the body linked to premature aging.


    Social networks and friends


    -  Social networks and friends are linked to longevity
    -  Socializing is also linked to brain function and better brain function


    Digestion and supplements (prevention)


    As we age we absorb less nutrition that our body requires such as vitamins and minerals and supplements can help with those deficiencies.


    - Reduced glutathione is linked to aging and disease
    - Reduced coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is linked to aging and disease
    - Reduced alpha-lipoic acid (ALA) is linked to aging and disease


    Sex and hormones


    Sex can stimulate the hormones and immune system, and linked to longevity.


    Exercise and growth hormone (repair)


    Exercise stimulates the body and is linked to increased blood flow, bone density, and the growth hormone.


    - The growth hormone is linked to repairing the body.
    - Physical activity can actually repair neurological connections in your brain.
    - Hip fractures are a serious issue as we age and linked to early death.
    - Exercise such as resistance training is linked to increased bone density and bone retention.
    - Exercise is as close to a magic bullet as brain fitness gets.
    - Increased blood flow baths the body and the brain with blood.
    - Improved memory
    - Lower risk of stroke
    - Lower risk of dementia


    The Legend (cholesterol and inflammation)


    There is a legend of man who lived through many kings and to a very old age. When asked as to why he was living for such a long period of time the man replied oats in the morning and meat and potatoes at night.


    - Oats are a soluble fiber that reduces bad cholesterol and inflammation.
    - Potatoes are very high in nutrition and potassium which helps to reduce acid-base imbalance or acidic blood pH, and inflammation.


    A good diet and lower risk of disease (prevention)


    A good diet can significantly increase longevity.


    - Better health and lower risk of disease
    - Good HDL cholesterol
    - Lower risk of heart disease and stroke
    - Lower risk of dementia
    - Lower risk of obesity
    - Lower risk of diabetes
    - Lower risk of cancer

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