Not even Madonna can pull off eternal youth—ageing will happen to us all. But sun damage and the steady trickle of life’s cosmic hourglass aren’t the only reasons that youthful glow fades. In fact, there are other, much more surprising culprits behind a prematurely ageing body and less supple skin. The good news? You can do something about them. “Unhealthy lifestyle habits that lead to heart attacks and stroke are consistently linked to accelerated ageing,” explains Dr Helen Wilcox, from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. “We know that these factors can have an effect from your midlife onwards, so what you do in your 40s and 50s will affect how happy and healthy you are later in life.” Here’s how to combat five main offenders with age-defying tricks from the experts.
By Emma Anderson
Feb 27, 2013