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What reduces the aging process in humans?

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Antioxidants, calorie restriction, periodic fasting and hormone therapy all show possibilities of being able to influence the aging process. While disease and disability used to seem to be an inevitability for senior citizens, this is no longer necessarily true.

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What reduces the aging process in humans?
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Healthy eating practices and physical exercise both help to reduce the aging process. Additionally, new research that is supported by the National Institute on Aging shows that antioxidants may help reduce the effects of aging, though evidence is still inconclusive. Antioxidants that are used as dietary supplements may or may not reduce the aging process for humans, but the antioxidants naturally included in fruits and vegetables have well-proven and well-documented anti-aging benefits.

In addition to what one eats, how frequently and how much one eats can affect the aging process. Calorie restriction studies have shown that fruit flies, mice and rats have been positively affected when their daily calorie intakes were reduced. The long-term effects of calorie reduction on humans are still being studied. Some studies done on primates show that restricting calories has decreased the primates' likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer and other diseases. As people get older, hormone levels naturally decline. Some hope hormone therapy can change this. The long-term advantages to hormone therapy are still being evaluated.

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