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IN FRATERNAM MEAM
Saturday, May 01, 2004
by:DEFYING AGING by: Miriam Stoppard
(a continuation)

HOW DO WRINKLES FORM?
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inside your skin cells the damage from free radicals activates messenger chemicals to tell DNA to turn on inflammation. each time this happens, the inflammation leaves behind a tiny scar and when these scars join together you have a wrinkle. this is one of the reasons why sunshine, particularly tanning, leads to wrinkled skins.


SIGNS OF GETTING OLDER
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** being less active
** increase in weight (including middle age spread)
** less stamina
** aches and pains
** fatigue
** inability to sleep
** loss of memory and impaired intellectual function
** loss of get-up-and-go
** declining sex drive


ACTION PLAN FOR LONGER LIFE
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**LOWER FREE RADICAL DAMAGE by cutting your calorie intakes. eating fewer calories increases life span and lowers levels of free radicals in the blood. people who live to 100 have fewer free radicals in their blood at that age than 70 years olds.

** INCLUDE MORE ANTIOXIDENT FOODS and herbs in your diet, especially vegetables and legumes like soy.

** GET REGULAR, GENTLE EXERCISE Im convinced exercise- not necessarily intense- is the key to a long life and walking and gardening are fine.

** CULTIVATE POSITIVE ATTITUDES strong social networks and a strong spiritual life will increase your life span through a resilient immune system, sense of well being and satisfaction with life.


BENEFITS OF EATING LESS
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here are some of the antaging effects seen in Okinawans that we first noted in monkeys fed 30 percent fewer calories than usual:

* lower total body fat
* lower metabolic rate
* lower fasting blood sugar
* increased glucose tolerance (less insulin resistance)
* lower insulin levels
* greater insulin sensitivity
* lower blood pressure
* more lymphocytes( a type of white blood cells that fights infections)
* lower cholesterol


SO YOU THINK YOU'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS?

check these statements.

1. the future looks as positive as it ever has.

2. my life is as rewarding as I expected.

3. security is getting more and more important.

4. compared to earlier, my life lacks adventure and excitement.

5. i seem to be getting more or less flexible.

6. there does'nt seem to be much satisfaction in life.

7. i feel time's running out.

8. i wish i could make all the tension and stress go away.

9. i"m sure of who i am than when i was young.

10.balancing work and family gets harder and harder.

11.i just can't accept my age.

12.i'm so tired of struglling to be successful.

13.work is as satisfying as ever.

14.i'm worrying about my health more.


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SCORING: two points for YES to 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 19, 11, 12, 13, and 14
............... two points for NO to 1, 2, 5, 9, and 13

TOTAL SCORE:
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0 - 8 ............. No Crisis
10-16 ........... you'll take slowing down in your stride
18 or more ... you need to make changes in your life

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posted by infraternam meam @ 4:18 AM  
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