Floss your teeth: This lengthens your life for a couple of reasons: One, heart attack rates are linked to gingivitis. If you floss regularly, you have a 50% less chance of having a heart attack. But you’ll also have better-looking teeth, which leads to better-paying jobs and people perceiving your IQ as being higher, so there are many long-term health benefits.
Have more sex: Just going from the average of once a week to twice a week increases your life expectancy by three years. The penis is actually a good barometer for how healthy you are. If your erection’s not strong, it reflects a lot of physical issues with your heart, your brain, and your kidneys. And don’t just have more sex—have safe sex. Infections and viruses might be linked to prostate cancer, and oral sex has definitely been linked to throat cancer.
Pop some pills: A multivitamin, 1,000 IU of vitamin D, 600mg DHA omega-3, and for guys over 40, two baby aspirins a day. It’s the most important inflammatory medication you can take. Aspirin can decrease the risk of getting colon cancer and prostate cancer by 40%. Plus, it thins your blood if you’re worried about strokes and heart attacks.
Don’t stress: A major stressful event, like bankruptcy or divorce, wipes seven years off your life, but having a good support system can soften the blow. Also, ID and resolve the nagging unfinished tasks (NUTs, I call them) in your life.
Sleep: People who sleep fewer than six hours a night have a 50% increased risk of viral infections and increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Lack of sleep is also associated with mental decline and overeating. Half of men over 50 have trouble sleeping. If that’s you, create an environment where it’s easy to sleep. Dim the lights 15 minutes before you go to bed and wear loose-fitting clothing . . . or sleep naked.
Check out the September issue of Men’s Fitness for more on Dr. Oz’s tips for living to 100, on newsstands now.
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