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Exercise and Aging

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Some people age poorly - physically, mentally or emotionally - while others age well. But why? Is it poor genes? Not really, although we do now know that about 20-percent is due to genes. The other 80 percent is lifestyle.

What makes the body decline is not the passing of years as much as the combined effects of inactivity, poor nutrition and illness. Because you can control these factors, you hold the key to how well you age.

Healthy Elderly Couple Eating Breakfast Regular exercise can help prevent a lot of age-related damage. The sooner you lay the groundwork to aging well, the sooner - and longer - you will reap the benefits.

There are ways to prevent the fragilties of aging, and to promote active, independent life, into late life. It is more in your hands than you may have thought!

Oily Fish Aids Rheumatoid Arthritis

Eating salmon, trout, mackerel or other oily fish monthly or, preferably, more often, may help fend off rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In one study, people who consumed one or more servings of oily fish per month had a 20 percent lower risk of RA compared to people who only at it occasionally or not at all. Oily fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to decrease the inflammation that is a hallmark of RA.

See also: Healthy Aging

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