Living To 100 And Beyond: Education & Steps To A Long Healthy Life!

It's true that there are no guarantees to prolonging one's life, but several key changes implemented in daily lives have been proven to work. Those changes include the addition of a regular exercise regimen... Learn more.

Article Summary:
  • Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US.
  • Check-ups with your physician should be of prime importance.
  • Eating a highly nutritious diet is necessary for prolonging your life.
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    Living To 100 & Beyond!

    Living to 100 or even beyond is a hope of many, yet few actually know how to go about accomplishing. It's true that there are no guarantees to prolonging one's life, but several key changes implemented in daily lives have been proven to work. Those changes include the addition of a regular exercise regimen, the implementation of a nutritious diet, and the reduction of stress.

    Leading Causes Of Death

    Let's begin by looking at some of the leading causes of death, including brief descriptions of each.

    dot Heart Disease dot

      Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US. It is usually the result of blockage of the blood vessels to the heart. There are several types of heart disease, including coronary artery disease, cardiovascular disease, and cardiomyopathy. Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease and the main cause of heart attacks.


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    Coronary Heart Disease!
    Coronary heart disease (CHD), a type of cardiovascular disease, is the leading cause of death in the United States for men and women.
    Jeff Behar

    dot Cancer (Malignant Neoplasm) dot

      Cancer, also known as malignant neoplasm, is caused by an irregular growth of cells. There are many types of cancer, including lung cancer, breast cancer, and colon cancer.

    dot Stroke (Cerebrovascular Disease) dot

      Stroke, also known as cerebrovascular disease, is the result of the loss of blood flow to the brain. Types of stroke include ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke.

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    dot Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease (CLRD) dot

      Chronic lower respiratory disease, abbreviated CLRD, is usually caused by the narrowing of the lungs' airways. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema are all types of CLRD.

    dot Diabetes dot

      Diabetes is caused by an excessively high level of blood glucose. The two kinds of diabetes are type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

    dot Alzheimer's Disease (AD) dot

      Alzheimer's disease, abbreviated AD, is a brain disorder that involves portions of the brain that control thought, memory, and language.

    dot Influenza And Pneumonia dot

      Influenza and pneumonia are respiratory infections caused by viruses.

    dot Kidney Disease dot

      Kidney disease is caused by damage to the nephrons inside the kidneys. Types of kidney disease include nephritis and nephrosis.

    dot Family History dot

      If you don't already know the causes of death of some of your family members, you should ask and find out. You should also find out whether or not any of your family members currently have a particular disease. Doing so will help you determine you risks. Educating yourself about the symptoms of those diseases will further assist you on determining your risks.

    Does Your Family Have A History Of Diseases?

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    Check With Your Physician

    Attending your scheduled check-ups with your physician should be of prime importance. It is during that time where you can determine your health status and check for possible diseases.

    You should never put off a physician's appointment, because your health may be on the line. There's always a possibility that you might be developing a certain disease and be clueless about it. Your physician can find a way to help you fight the disease or at least reduce its risks.

    Make sure to inform your physician about your family history and the diseases that caused some of the deaths, so they can check for possible indicators of those diseases that you may have.

    Longevity Guidelines

    Now that you know about some of the leading causes of death along with your risks, you can begin making changes to your lifestyle to prolong your life.

    dot Follow Physician's Advice dot

      First and foremost, you should follow your physician's advice. If you currently have a disease or are at a great risk, assure yourself that you are following their exact advice. Also, don't neglect taking any medicine that your physician may have provided you with.

    dot Exercise Regularly dot

      Exercising regularly provides plenty of benefits, including a longer and higher quality life. Exercise should include both weight training and cardiovascular training. Stretching should also be included in your exercise regimen.

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    Stretching Should Be Included
    In Your Excercise Regime.

      You need to exercise 3-5 times a week for 30-60 minutes per workout. Your body will thank you, especially in the long run.

    dot Eat Quality Foods dot

      Eating a highly nutritious diet is absolutely necessary for prolonging your life. In fact, many of the diseases that kill people develop because of poor diets. You need to implement a nutritious diet plan, so you can maintain normal bodily functions, fight off diseases, and fuel your workouts.

      Firstly, you need to eat 4-6 small meals spread out evenly throughout the day. Carbohydrates should make up half or slightly more of your total caloric intake. Protein and fat should each make up a little above or below a quarter of the remaining calories.

      For example, your diet may consist of 50% carbohydrates, 20% protein, and 30% fat. Protein, carbohydrates, and fat should all come from healthy sources of food. If you don't mind spending some extra cash, purchase organic foods, as they are more nutritious then regular foods.

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    Eating A Highly Nutritious
    Diet Will Prolong Your Life.

      Foods rich in vitamins and minerals should be incorporated in the diet. Such foods include fruits and vegetables, which provide a load of health benefits, including the prevention of many diseases. Also, a multivitamin/multimineral supplement should be consumed daily to assure you are receiving enough of the vitamins and minerals. Junk food intake should be reduced to once every two weeks, or even longer.

    dot Avoid Alcohol And Smoking dot

      Alcohol and smoking are directly responsible for many of the deadly diseases and should be eliminated from your daily lives. Both are almost guaranteed to shorten your life.

      Instead of wasting your money on buying alcohol or cigarettes, spend it on something beneficial, such as a gym membership, organic foods, or a better healthcare plan. If you don't like those options, just save your money. At least you'll know you didn't waste it on something harmful to your health.


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    Bodybuilding & Alcohol!
    Alcohol (ethyl alcohol or ethanol), one of the worlds oldest, most widely used, drugs, has many effects on the body, some positive, but most negative.
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    dot Reduce Stress dot

      Too much stress over a prolonged period of time can be very taxing on your body. You need to set some time each week to rest and relax. You should also consider getting massages or partaking in a soothing activity that will reduce stress.


    Begin making changes to your daily lives now, so you won't regret it in the future. Your chances of living to 100 or beyond will greatly increase and so will the quality of your life. I wish you the best of luck!