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What Can YOU Do to Escape Your Genetics and Extend Your Life?
May 14, 2012, 21:29

Studies have shown that lifestyle, location, income levels, healthcare, diet and fitness were all factors contributing to longer life expectancies. Japanese people have the longest life expectancies on earth. This is in part due to a healthy diet, fitness levels, higher income levels, access to healthcare and access to beach life. When evaluating all nationalities with longer life expectancies than Americans, the top five nations with the longest life expectancies excelled in the majority of these areas. Life Insurance can help you identify factors putting you at risk for an earlier death in your own life. In the meantime, escape your genetics and engage in these simple techniques to extend your life.

1.  Healthier Eating

Eat healthy to extend your life. Fruits, vegetables, leans meats, rice and beans are included in most healthy diets. Japanese people eat a healthy portion of vegetables, fruits and lean meats such as chicken and fish. Green tea is also incorporated into the Japanese diet. Vegetable oils and soy are common in the Japanese diet and help to extend life. 

Italians and Mediterraneans also have healthy diets. Tomatoes help Italians fight free radicals with lycopene. Olive oil is particularly effective in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are also popular with the Mediterranean diet. 

2. Physical Activity

Engage in 30 minutes of moderate physical activity five times per week or 20 minutes of vigorous activity three times per week. Physical activity keeps the blood flowing and helps to remove toxins from the body that may contribute to heart disease or cancer. 

3. Stress Reduction

Learn to adopt a better disposition and a good outlook on life in order to reduce your stress. Select a profession that allows a better quality of life and income level. Studies have shown that the nationalities with the highest life expectancies also earned more on average. 

The Swiss, for example, has one of the highest average salaries in the world at $70,000 and has the second highest life expectancy. When people can afford basic necessities such as a house, car, food, vacations and healthcare, they are often less stressed and more likely to be healthier and live longer. 

Family connections increase life expectancy. Studies have shown that people who are married are generally happier and live longer than single people. Hispanic people live longer than Americans in part because they promote family life. 

4.  Location, Location, Location

Location can affect stress levels. People near beaches are typically more apt to engage in physical activity and be more relaxed than people located in other areas. Mountain homes are also more peaceful, and the air is cleaner. Change locations and find people who participate in activities designed to extend life.  A location change may also bring more income, better healthcare, a nicer home and increased well-being. 

5. Better Healthcare

Obtain better healthcare to increase longevity. Most countries with the longest life expectancies also have universal healthcare. Australia, Sweden and Italy each have government subsidized healthcare. In these three countries, 97 to 100 percent of healthcare expenses are covered by the government. In Switzerland, everyone is required to have private healthcare and cannot be denied coverage. The Swiss’s average incomes are so high that they can afford private healthcare.