3 science-backed ways to slow age-related disease

Cut bad habits


2. Cut down on bad habits

Smoking and drinking are both major risk factors for disease. Smoking increases your risk of cancer, chronic lung disease, infection and heart disease.

Excess alcohol increases the risk of liver and mouth/throat cancers, liver disease, diabetes and everything that comes with it. Chronic poisoning of your body wears it out. Dropping the habits is best, but cutting down is a first step. Try to drop alcohol intake to less than 14 units a week (5-7 pints) and switching to red wine, and try to cut out smoking all together.

If you wish to start, click here for information on cutting down on smoking and here for alcohol advice.