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January 2nd, 2009
08:38 AM ET

How to add years to your life

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta | BIO
AC360° Contributor
CNN Chief Medical Correspondent

“No one wants to live forever, but no one wants to die tomorrow either.”

That’s what a longevity researcher told me when I was writing a book about the subject. Of course, that phrase presents a certain problem. How long do you want to live and why?

Most people will naturally couch their answer to that question with “well, it depends…what kind of shape my mind and body is in as I get older?” Fair enough. Most of us want to live long and functional lives. And, short of going to stem cell clinics in Moscow (which I visited) or studying suspended animation in Seattle, there are some simple things we can do that can pretty reliably add years to our lives. Up to 10 years.

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  1. Tammy, Berwick. LA

    The idea of extending life is great if the quality of life is there. I want to see my nineties like my great-great aunt who is 95, mentally sharp, physically fit, and still going. She always had a good balance between work and play and love and prayer. I could also handle a life like my other great-great aunt who lived to see 92. She, too, had that balance. She died in her sleep peacefully after a very full life. I tend to try to live as they did balancing my world out. And I pray I have whatever it was in them physically and emotionally and spiritually that kept them so strong.

    January 2, 2009 at 12:23 pm |