The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.
The world’s first anti-aging drug will be tested on humans next year in trials which could see diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s consigned to distant memory. Scientists now believe that it is possible to actually stop people growing old as quickly and help them live in good health well into their 110s and 120s.
Those who follow a Mediterranean diet have an increased quality of life with a lower mortality rate. The Mediterranean diet consists of a low intake of red meat and sweets with greater emphasis on fish, vegetables, mixed nuts, whole grains, wine (moderate consumption), and olive oil.
The Mediterranean diet with its high content of olive oil is well-documented to reduce cardiovascular disease and overall mortality. Scientists have discovered a range of beneficial compounds naturally found in extra virgin olive oil, depending on the brand selected.
Researchers continue to confirm that the Mediterranean diet, rich in olive oil, is one of the best ways to lower the risk of all-cause mortality. Those who adhere to a Mediterranean diet have a longer life expectancy and a lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke.
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