October 22, 2012

Growing old healthily is simply not rocket science

Grandad with children and dogNot smoking, drinking moderate amounts of alcohol, staying active and eating fruit and veg could be the key to a healthier retirement, according to new research part funded by us.

Researchers have found that successful ageing can be achieved by engaging in healthy behaviours - with a greater number of healthier behaviours resulting in greater health benefits. Successful ageing was defined in the study as maintaining good mobility, cognitive skills and respiratory function while having no mental health problems or chronic diseases, such as heart and circulatory disease.

The simple truth is that if you lead a healthy lifestyle you’ll see the benefits as you get older

Doireann Maddock, our Senior Cardiac Nurse, said: “These findings aren’t rocket science. The simple truth is that if you lead a healthy lifestyle you’ll see the benefits as you get older.

“If you want the best possible chance of staying healthy as the years go by, avoid smoking, don’t drink more than moderate amounts of alcohol, and enjoy at least two and a half hours of physical activity each week. Eating a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruit and veg is part of that winning formula, too.”

The study was published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.