Do This for 15 Minutes. You’ll Live Longer

There’s no debate that exercise can help us live a longer, healthier life. But let’s say you have a chronic health condition that makes exercise difficult. Or maybe you’re just very busy. Is there a minimum amount of exercise older adults can do to reap at least some benefits? If you ask the federal government, as well as numerous other national and international health agencies, the answer is 150 minutes a week of moderate to vigorous exercise — basically 30 minutes …

Some Like It Hot: Spicy Food Linked to Longer Life

Your tongue is tingling, your face is flushed, your nose is dripping, your eyes are tearing — ah, the joys of eating hot, spicy food. And now a new study suggests those fiery meals may be good for your health. A large Chinese health study of more than 487,000 subjects, ages 30 to 79, found that regularly eating spicy food is associated with a lower risk of death. Compared with those who ate spicy food less than once a week, …

Which Is Worse, Being Lonely or Just Being Alone?

Movie star Greta Garbo was famous for saying, “I want to be let alone,” but new research suggests that’s a rotten philosophy to follow if you want to live longer. A British study of 6,500 older adults finds that social isolation, even more than loneliness, may increase an older person’s risk of early death. The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers at University College London knew from previous studies that both isolation …