3 science-backed ways to slow age-related disease

Stop the stress

3. Live happy and stress-free

There is strong evidence linking chronic stress with heart disease, weight gain, diabetes and mood disorders such as depression and anxiety.

Over time this stress can shorten your life. Exercising regularly, getting good sleep and taking up simple therapies such as mindfulness and yoga have all been shown to be effective in reducing stress.

If you are worried about stress, see your doctor as you may need a little extra help.

By understanding the reasons our cells wear out we can best slow the process. Many age-related diseases can be prevented by simple behaviours.

Any opinions above are the author's alone. Guidance is based on the best available evidence at the time of writing. All data is based on externally validated studies unless expressed otherwise. Novel data is representative of sample surveyed. Online recommendation is no substitute for seeing your own doctor and should not be taken as medical advice.

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