AGEING | How Can We Live Longer and Healthier Lives? | Ep #5 | AXA Research Fund

The ageing process leads to the increased likelihood of contracting diseases like cancer or dementia. What can we do to reduce the chances?

In this episode of the AXA Research Files, science presenter Greg Foot travels to Cologne to find out if it's possible to reduce the likelihood of being more prone to disease as we age.

Greg meets AXA-supported researcher Francesca Baggio at the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing to find out more. Francesca introduces us to mitochondria and explains how the mistakes that occur during the replication of these cells leads to ageing.

Greg also chats to another AXA-supported researcher, Miia Kivipelto at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden, to look into how we can live healthier lives as we age (through exercise, better diet, etc.) and slow down mental decline in the elderly.

We talked to Francesca Baggio in more detail about her research. You can find that video here: https://youtu.be/PCySN01CGPw

Brain and metabolic health are key to slowing down the onset of age-related diseases. For more tips on how to develop brain plasticity to live healthier for longer, click here: https://youtu.be/pkdvc23ANd0

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Episode 1: STRESS - How smiling can be good for your health - https://youtu.be/ZWmb9jf7PWU
Episode 2: DIABETES - How cycling and big data can help beat diabetes - https://youtu.be/06aRpYUFghs
Episode 3: DECISION MAKING - How we can train our brains to become safer drivers - https://youtu.be/q6M8-Hl7Grc
Episode 4: MOTHERHOOD - How environmental exposures can affect a baby’s development - https://youtu.be/J_vP9CmEEOE
Episode 5: AGEING - How can leading a healthy life keep you young - https://youtu.be/_GfzM_hnJFY
Episode 6: EARTHQUAKES - Could your phone be causing earthquakes? - https://youtu.be/yUYGnXOVdAc

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Links to the researcher: Miia Kivipelto
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http://ki.se/en/nvs/portrait-of-professor-miia-kivipelto
www.twitter.com/miiakivipelto

Links to the researcher: Francesca Baggio
https://www.axa-research.org/en/projects/francesca-baggio
http://bit.ly/2y5dVOL

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