As we age, our bodies change in many ways that affect the function of both individual cells and organ systems. Functional changes in cell occur little by little and progress inevitably over time. However, the rate of this progression can be very different from person to person.
The aging process depends on a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. Although we could not change our genetic, we can adapt a healthy lifestyle as many environmental conditions have a substantial effect on aging. A healthy lifestyle is an especially important factor in healthy aging and longevity.
There are things we can do to stay healthy and active as we age by practising healthy living e.g.
- Not smoking
- Drinking alcohol in moderation
- Getting adequate rest
- Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables
- Coping with stress
- Having a positive outlook
- Maintaining a healthy weight