For centuries, men and women have been searching for the elusive fountain of youth, an elixir that reverses aging, a magic bullet that keeps us forever young. While science hasn't yet succeeded in stopping the aging process, doctors continue to explore strategies to help their patients live longer, healthier lives.
The same healthy lifestyle choices that reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancers and other diseases can also improve overall appearance, vitality and quality of life. However, because the impact of unhealthy behaviors often takes years to surface, many people may not consider making significant lifestyle changes until they begin to age.
Physicians like Dr. Edgar Saldaña, board-certified plastic surgeon at
St. Luke's Plastic Surgery Associates, recommend that to age well:
- Don't smoke
- Limit alcohol use
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Exercise for 30 minutes on most days
- Have regular health screenings
- Get an annual flu shot
- Reduce portion sizes
- Limit sodium intake
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water each day
- Increase fiber in your diet
- Eat less red meat and more plant-based proteins, whole grains, fruits and veggies