Category Archives: Longevity

Daily habits that negatively affect our health?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What daily habits might we be surprised to find are negatively affecting our health? A: The most common for all of us is probably the mechanization and heavy dependency on technology. We rarely give second thought when we now turn on a microwave oven, pop open the cellular phone to our…

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Does current health impact longevity?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, Must a person already be healthy in order to extend life expectancy? A: Generally speaking, the healthier your starting state, the better your chances are of extending the quantity of years, and more importantly, the quality, of your life. It is never too late to begin, though. At every stage of…

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Simple daily habits to live longer?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What simple daily habits can we adopt to live longer? A: Practical and simple habits for living a long and healthy life include going to bed before 10 PM and waking before 7 AM, a brisk morning walk or exercise routine, a wholesome breakfast, and very light dinner no later than…

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How our emotions impact longevity?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, How do our emotions impact our longevity? A: The Greek word for emotions is pathos. The English variation of this word has become the well-known word pathology. It is therefore easy to understand the link between emotions and states of pathology or disease. Even the word “dis-ease” explains an interesting state,…

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Physical activities for a longer, healthier life?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, How does physical activity figure into living a longer life? What are some of the best exercises to ensure a longer, healthier, more active life? A: There are several aspects about physical activity that play a role in a longer and healthier life. Movement is essential for proper metabolism and energy…

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Aspects of our lives that affect our longevity?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, What are the main aspects of our lives that affect our longevity? A: Longevity can be seen as an interaction of three systems working together to maintain health, promote growth, and induce graceful aging. Yes, we all age and we are all mortals. This does not have to mean that we…

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Should an athlete eat less to live longer?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, One of your tips is that you should “eat less to live longer”. I run every day for an hour, bike, and lift weights. Wouldn’t I need more calories in order to build and maintain muscle and endurance? A: Of course you need more calories. The statement of “eat less, live…

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What we eat affects how long we live?

Q: Dear Dr. Mao, How can what we eat affect how long we live? A: Our food is our fuel. It is the essence that replenishes our energetic reserves and gives us the much-needed source of life-sustaining nutrients. Furthermore, our food is something that we willingly put inside of ourselves. Most of us will flinch…

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