3 science-backed ways to slow age-related disease

Watch your weight



1. Keep your weight in check

High blood sugar, obesity and inactivity speed up cellular aging. By sticking to a careful diet, minimising sugar intake and increasing exercise, we can increase our bodies' energy burning efficiency.

Overeating will wear out the cells responsible for energy transfer which increases blood sugar levels and causes type 2 diabetes. Diabetes itself speeds up heart disease, stroke and other problems. Aiming for a sensible diet and 30-60 minutes of exercise a day will decrease your risk of type 2 diabetes and other conditions.

A diet of low GI carbohydrates, rich in vegetables, oily fish and predominantly white meat is a good start. Avoiding sweets and red meats will help, but make sure to get your daily iron intake. Please see here for an example exercise programme.