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Want to enjoy a healthy and longer life?

It has recently been found that our genetic make-up contributes very little to how long we live. A study revealed that there are many more important things that determine the longetivity of our lives, which include...

health and fitness Updated: Aug 26, 2011 16:52 IST

Previous studies had showed the key to living a longer life was all in our genes. However, new medical advice has suggested that our genetic make-up contribute just 25 percent to how long we live.

According to experts at Age UK, the recipe for a ripe old age involves simple measures such as taking regular exercise, having a natter with friends and eating healthily. The charity says it is never too early – or too late – to adopt a healthy regime to improve later life.

Eating healthyIts tips include getting enough good-quality sleep, engaging socially with other people, and staying positive about ageing. More familiar advice such as taking regular exercise, healthy eating, going for check-ups, not smoking, protecting your eyes and avoiding sun damage are also endorsed.

The charity also urges people – for both physical and mental well-being – to keep an eye on their pensions and to seek expert ­financial advice when necessary.

“We really can influence how we age and the top tips are a great guide to ageing better. For example, it may seem obvious but regular health check-ups are really important,” the Daily Express quoted Professor Ian Philp, who helped produce the information, as saying.

“Getting early diagnosis of an illness, taking advantage of screening programmes and being up to date with vaccines are all crucial. Others tips such as engaging socially with others and staying positive about ageing are also key,” he added.