Live higher up

The science: A 2009 study of people in Switzerland, published in the journal Circulation, found that those living at high altitudes had a 22 per cent lower risk of dying of coronary heart disease.

Why it helps: Nobody’s quite sure. Scientists say the extra UVA exposure, which means more vitamin D, could be one benefit. Measurement of vitamin D levels in various population samples in Australia and New Zealand has revealed an unexpectedly high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency – a condition that may lead to bone disorders and heart disease – among children, adults, the elderly and other vulnerable groups.

Your move: Most people can benefit from taking 1000 International Units of vitamin D daily, so eat more D-rich foods – salmon, tuna and mackerel are good bets. Also, look to soak up a little sun each day outside of 10am-3pm– up to 10 minutes in the warmer months and half an hour in winter.

Feb 5, 2013

Five ways to cheat death

Science has plenty to say about beating the reaper. Harness this knowledge, then pass it on to your great-grandkids

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  1. Tony09:33am Wednesday 06th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Why should people worry about dying late? I don't need such a long life, and prefer to die before 80. The most important thing is that you enjoy your life. This saves my children worrying me from time to time and it saves the wellfare payout from the government. Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO#$%$ what a ride!!

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  2. Angry Christian09:24am Wednesday 06th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    I've done things exactly opposite to whats mentioned in this article and still lived for 104 years so far. I hate you all and everyone who disagrees with me.

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  3. Glib12:46pm Tuesday 05th February 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Exercise is not even mentioned. Unbelievable.