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Newsflash: San Diego is one of the "youngest" cities to live in

A recent study shows we are healthier than other metro areas

Have you ever wondered what your “real age” is?  I, along with 27 million people, took a newly revised, truly scientific, easy to complete assessment on-line at RealAge.com, one of the nation’s leading health and wellness websites (based in San Diego!).

They assessed my lifestyle, genetics, medical history, feelings, and diet and fitness—and then they put a smile on my face: I found out that my body thinks it is more than 10 years younger than it is. WINNING!

Not only that, but I also got a personal “Grow Younger Plan” (with specific recommendations based on my profile) to promote health and youth.

Plastic surgery was not one of the suggestions.

If you have not visited RealAge.com, you are missing out on many good health tips, dozens of other tests, and real motivation to get—and stay—physically younger and healthier.

But wait, that’s not all. RealAge randomly selected 1,000 people from each of the 50 largest metropolitan areas of the United States who completed the RealAge Test, and after adjusting for age in their data analysis, they produced a stunning list of what cities best promote youth. 

Are you ready, San Diego? We are # 7!!!

Salt Lake City is the youngest city. San Francisco, Austin, Denver, Boston and Washington, D.C. beat us, but we have better odds of staying young here than in Raleigh-Durham/Chapel Hill, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Seattle. 

Stay away from cities like Knoxville, the oldest city, as well as Greensboro, Nashville, Las Vegas, Jacksonville, and Tulsa unless you want to live where you are likely to grow old before your time.  

Keith Roach, M.D., the Chief Medical Officer of RealAge, said if you live in one of the "old" cities, “the alarm is ringing and it’s never too late for a fresh start.” Does that mean we’re going to see an influx of Knoxvillians moving to San Diego?

The authors of the study reported four lifestyle habits that helped keep residents of “youth-promoting cities” younger:

1.     Stellar sleep habits—sleeping 6 to 9 hours a night makes you 3 years younger.

2.     Less cigarette smoking.

3.     High levels of activity—walking 30 minutes daily subtracts 3.5 years.

4.     Controlled blood pressure. Nothing ages you faster, so if you want to stay young, keep your B.P. low.

Click here for the list of the top 50 cities.

 Final note: Sophia Loren once said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” She’s right, and you are more likely to find that fountain of youth right here in our hometown.

 What's your real age? What health habits do you maintain that help/hurt your aging?

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Edit ModulePsychologist Michael Mantell tackles San Diego’s psychological well-being, from reducing stress and anxiety to creating closer bonds with family to the importance of physical fitness.

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