How to live longer – the experts' guide to ageing

Saturday, September 7, 2013 - 18:30 in Health & Medicine

Experts on the ageing process explain why having good friends, lifting weights and learning languages can lead to a longer lifeJERRALD RECTOR, 26: Lift weights for better immunityBy the time we reach 80, most of us will be infected with a type of herpes virus which erodes the immune system and takes years off your life without you even knowing it. PhD student Jerrald Rector, at the University of Birmingham, knows he has the bug, and is working on ways to keep it from doing harm.What is this virus?Cytomegalovirus – CMV – is a kind of herpes virus that is symptom-free and harmless until your immune system is challenged. The virus erodes the ability of your immune system to deal with other bugs throughout life. In the UK you have about a 1% or 2% chance of infection each year until you reach really old age. By the time we reach 80,...

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