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Ageing

Doctors and dietitians reveal how to look and feel younger

So we can’t turn back the clock, but we can wind it up again, thanks to the latest anti-ageing wisdom from these health experts.

By The Australian Women's Weekly
Want to look and feel younger?
Well, we asked the experts with decades of science-backed research under their belts to give us all of their tips and tricks for how to look and feel our best, no matter what our age.
Rather than tips from plastic surgeons or influencers, we've gone to a bunch of doctors, physiotherapists, dietitians and nutritionists to get their advice on the most healthy, sustainable ways to look after ourselves.
Keep on scrolling to read their top tips.

The joy of sets

Muscle loss is one of ageing's ugliest aggressors, but as Feros Care Physiotherapist Ben Happ explains, strength training helps build muscle, bone and joint tissues, which are critical for balance and mobility as we age.
"Just two sessions a week, starting with simple movements such as squatting on and off a chair, or push-ups against a wall (feet 30cm away) can start to make a difference."
He suggests building up to three sets of five repetitions for each exercise on two or three non-consecutive days each week.
Julie Bishop is the ultimate example of how to age gracefully. Getty
"You need to make things progressively more challenging to keep gaining benefits," says Ben, while stressing it's important to seek medical advice before doing a new fitness routine.
"More and more studies show exercise is the elixir of youth as we age," he adds.
Julie Bishop, 63, is known for her fit lifestyle. Supplied

Go, go, H20

We've heard it a million times, but the body is 75 per cent water and H2O aids every organ as we age.
Research from New Zealand's Massey University links dehydration with joint pain.Water has also been shown to reduce breast, bladder and colorectal cancer significantly, according to the Journal Of Clinical Oncology.
WATCH: A 63-year-old woman with the body of a 20-year-old shares her secrets. Story continues...

Knees-ey does it

"As we age, every extra kilogram of weight on the tummy or butt adds up to 4kg of extra force to your knees when squatting, 3kg when walking up stairs and 1.5kg of knee force when walking," says Associate Professor Nigel Hope, Orthopaedic Knee and Hip Surgeon at the University of Notre Dame Sydney.
The good news is that losing five or 10kgs often resolves knee pain without surgery.
Should the tell-tale signs of arthritis persist, such as joint pain when sitting, pain that wakes you, instability, swelling, warmth and loss of range of motion, see your GP for assessment.

Eat more of these

When it comes to staving off "ageing" illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer's, the all-star diet performers are blueberries, wholegrains, oats and passionfruit, says Geraldine Georgeou, who developed the What 2 Eat program with Diabetes NSW & ACT.
Not only are blueberries and strawberries excellent low-kilojoule foods, "they are also the lowest sugar fruits and best for people trying to control diabetes," she says.
Olivia Newton-John shows off her homegrown mulberries to her followers on Instagram. Supplied
"For brain health, fish, flaxseed oil and chia seed are high in Omega 3s, which helps keep the grey matter in shape.
We know that B12 deficiency is associated with dementia, and eggs, red meat, shellfish and cheese are great sources of B12," she says.

Think young

Harvard Health has recently confirmed what we have long suspected; that you're as young as you feel.
"People who report 'feeling' younger than their chronological age have been shown to live longer," says Ben Happ.
Research also shows that people with regular social commitments have a lower risk of premature death.
Naomi Watts often spends time on the Mat. Would you believe she's 53? Supplied

A medical solution?

Did you know that an anti-ageing drug may be on the horizon?
"Drugs like Metformin, which have been used to treat diabetes for decades, may actually have a range of new life-extending benefits," says Geraldine Georgeou.
"Metformin is being assessed on 3000 elderly people with cancer, heart disease and brain disorders to see if it can help stem these diseases. One study has already found those on Metformin develop 30 per cent less cancers.
Another study on 180,000 people found that even compared to people who didn't have diabetes, the Metformin takers lived longer."

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