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There are a few steps you can take right now, however, to stay healthier and live longer. According to Melina Jampolis, MD, an internist and physician based in Los Angeles, California, here’s what to try while awaiting word on ibuprofen:

Control inflammation

The biggest factor in the war on aging is controlling inflammation in the body. “This is based on the length of caps on the end of your chromosomes called telomeres,” Jampolis tells Yahoo Health. “Telomeres are the best aging markers that we have — the longer they are, the better,” and inflammation has been linked with shorter telomeres.

To curb inflammation at the cellular level, Jampolis says to eat a diet high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids (like the Mediterranean diet we hear so much about), which should include fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish. “Reducing belly fat is also critically important,” she says. Getting testing done for high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) might also be a good idea, since it’s considered a risk factor for conditions such as heart disease. Talk to your doc for more information about this screening.

Retain muscle mass

One of the biggest components of aging is muscle loss. Not only is it a visible ager, but slowing your exercise regimen may lead to less lean muscle mass, which in turn may lead to more body fat and, again, more of that cellular inflammation.

“Sarcopenia is what we see when people get older, where muscles degenerate,” says Jampolis, who says a mix of strength training and a diet high in protein and omega-3s is your best bet to stay strong. “Recent research has shown people over 50 may need more protein, but exercise is really key.”

Take care of your skin

Jampolis mentions another key to living healthier for longer: skincare. “Especially relevant for most women is photoaging,” she says.

The most important aspects of a youthful glow are avoiding the sun or wearing sunscreen daily, even in the winter months, and eating to support the cellular health of skin. “You want to eat a phytonutrient-rich diet, which is high in antioxidants,” says Jampolis. “That means eating your fruits and vegetables.” Simple enough!

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