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Digital Subscriptions > Healthy Magazine > August 2016 > WHAT’S THE BEST AGE TO LIVE TO?


It’s a big question with an answer that’s simpler than you might think, say health experts

Researchers at the University of East Anglia recently announced they’re working on software that will accurately tell people how many years of life they have left (helping them plan things like their pension) – but if you tried it and it predicted you’ll live to over 100, would you be happy or concerned? If you’re US oncologist Zeke Emanuel, the answer is ‘concerned’. ‘Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live [until],’ he wrote in a much-discussed piece in The Atlantic magazine. His theory is this is the perfect age by which to have lived a complete life, and before which the body declines enough to reduce your ability to function. However, ‘I meet 55-year-olds with the health of 70-year-olds anti-ageing scientists say age is just a number – and decline is not inevitable.

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We’re staying #Hotandhealthy in the August issue of healthy. This issue we’re talking about sex: from the results of our sex survey – and how to stay satisfied between the sheets – to our deliciously satisfying, sexy salads to sustain you while the sun shines. We explore how to put heart into mindfulness, brush up on how to really listen, and ask what’s the best age to live to? We have expert advice on how to look and feel your best, from ethical beauty buys through to help for allergies and strategies for backache. Plus, we examine whether splashing out on exercise gear equals a better workout?