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Five tips for living longer

These days, we’re all living longer – on average – than we were even just 10 or 20 years ago. But whilst we’ve been steadily adding to our life span at a rate of three months per year since the 19th Century, we’re not necessarily living up to our potential. Yet, that is. Because a group of leading anti-ageing and longevity experts are encouraging us to do just that.

Over the weekend, some of the world’s biggest names in anti-ageing descended on Melbourne for the annual A5M Conference. Themed Integrative Health & Longevity, the 2012 conference allowed practitioners the chance to discuss the importance of incorporating integrative health and longevity medicine into their patient care.

Whilst Integrative Medicine is increasingly being practised by health care specialists in Australia, a recent survey by the National Prescribing Service (NPS) suggests you and I are still missing out when it comes to being informed about the importance of nutrition and exercise on our health and wellbeing, with only one third of doctors practising Integrative Medicine.

So what is Integrative Medicine, and how can we integrate its principles into our lives?

According to the Australasian Integrative Medicine Association (AIMA) the emerging discipline refers to the blending of conventional medicine with natural or complementary medicines and therapies and with lifestyle intervention, thus taking a holistic approach to healthcare. Integrative Medicine also takes into account the physical, psychological, social and spiritual wellbeing of a person – with the aim of using the most appropriate, safe and evidence-based modality(ies) available.

According to one of Australia’s leading longevity experts, integrative healthcare holds the key not only to enjoying good health for longer, but to looking good for longer, too. President of the AustralAsian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine (A5M), Dr Nathan Francis believes that integrating internal and external wellness protocols is imperative to ageing well.

‘Radiant skin and minimum wrinkles actually begins with good nutrition, the absorption of the right nutrients through food or supplementation and balanced hormones,’ he says. ‘This holistic philosophy needs to be practiced for all aesthetic services and techniques.’

During the conference, keynote speaker and world renowned neurosurgeon Dr Joseph Maroon shared his research into longevity and gave some recommendations as to how you and I can start to live a healthier life.

As the author of Longevity Factor, Dr Maroon is an expert on sports medicine, personal fitness and endurance, diet and nutrition and inflammation diagnosis and treatment. As the Senior Vice president of the American Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine he is also a staunch advocate of prevention medicine.

‘We cannot continue to “fix the car after it is broken” and treat diseases only after they occur,’ he says. ‘New strategies must embrace disease prevention through lifestyle choices such as proper nutrition, dietary supplements, stress reduction and increased physical activity, rather than playing “catch up” for already established conditions’

Five health tips for living longer

During the conference, Dr Maroon shared his five top health tips everyone can integrate into their lifestyle and look forward to a healthier, potentially longer-lasting life.

• Exercise for 30 minutes, five days a week.
• Eat a protein rich diet
• Consider supplements, especially fish oil
• Avoid excessive radiation from X-rays and UV radiation
• Include antioxidant rich flood in your diet including red grape juice, red wine, dark chocolate and green tea

For more information on the Australasian Academy of Anti-Ageing Medicine Conference or to find an anti-ageing practitioner visit www.a5m.net.

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