As we’ve said on our blog numerous times, intermittent fasting is one of the best things you can do to improve your longevity. But it isn’t for everyone.
But first, why does intermittent fasting affect people differently with diabetes? Well, not eating for long periods affects spikes in blood sugar, which is a major concern in diabetes. While looking around, you might have seen articles that fasting is actually good for people with diabetes. While the research around this is solid, the link between fasting and improvement of the diabetes condition is still in its infancy, and people with prediabetes and diabetes should consult a physician before going on a fasting regimen.
If that has you bummed out, don’t worry! While fasting might be the most popular form of longevity boosting, it is far from the only one. Here are some other ideas for longevity habits:
While strength training sure makes you look good, there’s surprisingly little proof that it helps promote your general healthspan. So instead, we focus on cardio. In particular, endurance training such as bodyweight challenges or long distance running can help a lot. Personally, we have to recommend High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), which has had a lot of solid correlation to physical longevity in studies over the past few years!
Diet is of course one of the keystones to a healthy and long-lasting body. Plant-rich foods are a big part of longevity research into dieting. While most dieting plans don’t pass the test of time, the Mediterranean diet has proven to be surprisingly resilient, and so we recommend this one.
You didn’t think this would be on a longevity post? You’d be wrong. In reality, mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to lifespan, primarily due to the massive amount of mental diseases that can occur. We recommend meditating for 10 minutes a day.
Memory is a big part of a lot of old-age issues. Best way to improve your memory at a late stage? Keep learning! Read books, do projects, take classes… All of these are good methods of keeping your brain active.