Golden rules for a long life

Friday - - News - Karen Pasquali Jones Edi­tor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

I’m go­ing to live to be at least 100 years old. That’s be­cause I wear flat shoes and have a dog. I also wash my hands reg­u­larly and I smile a lot. I’m mar­ried with two kids so that will add an­other decade or so. Sadly, I don’t like cof­fee and am a veg­e­tar­ian so eat­ing cold-wa­ter fish is out – that will lose me a few years – but I like play­ing ten­nis and squash so it evens out in the end.

Think I’m talk­ing non­sense? Well, not ac­cord­ing to Dr David Agus, the doc­tor who thinks he can make us all live longer by fol­low­ing his golden (oldie) rules to longevity. There are 65 of them, but I do seven of the top 10, so that must stand me in good stead to reach a ripe old age. My grand­mother is 96 so ge­net­i­cally I’m pre­dis­posed to reach­ing my 80s or 90s but sim­ply by avoid­ing heels (they cause in­flam­ma­tion that can raise your life­time risk of many ill­nesses, ac­cord­ing to Dr Agus) and by laugh­ing a lot (which re­leases sero­tonin and en­dor­phins – painkilling happy hor­mones) I can ex­tend my life.

Dr Agus treated Ap­ple boss Steve Jobs – man­ag­ing his cancer and giv­ing him an ex­tra seven years – and other bil­lion­aires and celebri­ties, but he be­lieves ev­ery­one can live into their 90s by fol­low­ing his rules. Turn to page 24 to find out more – and let me know your se­crets to good health and age­ing well.

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