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‘Skip a meal’: advice from Harvard expert Dr. Sinclair on how to live healthier – htls

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About eighty percent of our longevity and health is determined by our epigenome and not our DNA, and we can change our epigenome by how we live, Dr. David Andrew Sinclair, professor of genetics and co-director of the Paul F Glenn Center for the Biology of aging research at Harvard Medical School, said Hindustan Times health editor Sanchita Sharma on Friday.

Dr. Sinclair talked about some minor diet and lifestyle adjustments that can activate the body’s defenses against aging and help promote longevity and good health.

He said that eating three regular meals a day will not give the best results for longevity, instead, “skip one meal in one day.”

“What I do is I skip a meal in a day and try not to eat snacks but to drink tea or coffee,” he said.

However, Dr. Sinclair said that young people should not skip a meal, older and middle-aged people can skip a meal in a day.

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“Don’t skip breakfast, you can skip lunch or dinner depending on the person, this is for middle-aged or older people who have a slightly slower metabolism,” he said, adding that it does not promote starvation.

Dr. Sinclair explained that longevity factors kick in when a person remains hungry for a short time. “If we sit all day, continue eating and don’t feel hungry, our bodies will relax and stop fighting aging,” he explained.

He also talked about some Other ways to activate the body’s defenses against aging:

• You lose your breath from exercise.

• Do exercises with hip hinges, lifting weights. Keep your hips strong.

• Use biomarker feedback. Monitor your level of health, track your vital signs, and see how your body is performing on a daily basis.

• Get a good night’s sleep and reduce stress.

• Eat plants that have been stressed, for example, wine is made from grapes that have been stressed.

Dr. Sinclair was featured on the cover of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In addition to Sinclair, the sixth day of HTLS 2020 featured the participation of the Union’s finance minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, and Federico Marchetti of YOOX Net-a-Porter Group.

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