Spotlight I'm on mirror and I'm Adam novel Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting it is easier for people to understand no matter where in the world they live Pete Bernard is 91 years old he is very active his body and mind are still strong he takes his dog on long walks he cuts the grass at his house he's learned a small vegetable garden he has even lived longer than two of his children have you ever wondered why some people live a long time and other people do not this is a question that many people ask many different scientists have studied very old people from all over the they are looking to see if these people anything in common for many years scientists have agreed on a few basic things that influence long life however new research is finding that there are many other major influences on long life today's Spotlight is on the keys to a long life the beginning of time people have decided to learn the mysteries of long life but in the last 50 years scientists have studied this subject even more scientists have completed hundreds of things like Diet exercise and environment values all this scientific research has supported the idea that life is always influenced by at least two major things genetic and basic health care it is no surprise that genetics are a major influence on how long a person lives some people's bodies simply have particular advantages that help them live longer they have parents and grandparents who lived long lives and their parents past these positive genes to them Howard Friedman is a health scientist with his research partner Leslie Martin he wrote a book about living a long life he says that genetic explain about one-third of why people live to an old age the other major influence on life is basic health care good food clean water and medical care or help people live longer and healthier for example vaccine drugs prevent many serious diseases we'll have a better chance of avoiding serious diseases staying healthy living longer the same thing is true if a person has clean water for years scientists have told us that good genes and good Healthcare are the major reasons some people live longer than otherscharacter this means that the way a person thinks about life can offer how long person live scientists talk about four main personality or character qualities a sense of purpose staying active helping others and being responsible and all four of these things can influence how long you live many studies show that having a sense of purpose or a reason for life is important for living a long time for example in Okinawa Japan there is a community with many people over the age of 100 years old in Japan there is an idea called Equis guy life purpose having a gay guy or a job to do in life is very important scientists believe that the kicker is one of the reasons Okinawa has so many people over the age of 100 another example of how purpose affects long life comes from religion National Geographic wrote about this subject in a story called The Secret of longevity it said that Christians who attended religious Services regularly added as much as two years to their life staying active is the second important personality quality for long life this is not the same as doing exercise instead scientists found that it is most important doing something that you enjoy many people in the study still work to care for their own Homeland for example personality quality that influences long life is helping people when researching the effects of Love on long life scientists expected to find that people who felt loved would live longer but this is not what they found feeling loved causes people to feel better but it did not affect long life however the act of loving and caring for other people did make people live longer further research has confirmed helping people is important and it does not matter if a person is helping family friends or other people ()
By Mrs, Anne Muier
Welcome to Spotlight. I’m Anne Muir.
And I’m Adam Navis. Spotlight uses a special English method of broadcasting. It is easier for people to understand, no matter where in the world they liv...