#1.) You’re the life of the party: A study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that outgoing people are 50% less likely to develop dementia than introverts.
#2.) You run for 40 minutes a day: Researchers from Stanford University found that middle-aged people who jog for 40 minutes a day, or about five hours a week, function better both physically and mentally as they get older.
#3.) You put raspberries on your oatmeal: A Dutch study found that eating 24 grams of fiber a day cuts your risk of heart disease by 17%. If you eat just one bowl of oatmeal with raspberries, you’re already halfway there.
#4.) You feel 13 years younger than you are: A study from the University of Michigan found that people who “feel” younger than their actual age are less stressed and have better immune systems than people who feel their age.
#5.) You started menopause after age 52: Studies have found that women who experience menopause later in life live longer than women who go through it earlier.
#6.) You embrace techie trends: Twitter and Facebook may be stupid, but they help you keep in touch with family members and friends, as well as help keep your brain cells young and healthy.
#7.) You make your calories count: A study from Washington University found that people who take in 1,400 to 2,000 calories a day (–which is about 25% fewer than the average person) have hearts that function like those of people 15 years younger.
#8.) You had a baby later in life: Researchers from the University of Utah found that women who gave birth after the age of 44 are 15% less likely to die in any given year than women who gave birth earlier in life.
#9.) Your heart beats once per second: The average person’s heart beats between 60 and 100 times per minute. But the closer you are to 60 beats per minute, the healthier your heart is.
#10.) You don’t snore: Snoring is a major sign of obstructive sleep apnea, which is a disorder that can cause high blood pressure, memory problems, weight gain and depression.
#11.) You have a relatively flat belly after menopause: According to the National Institute on Aging, women with relatively flat bellies after menopause are 20% less likely to die than women who are just a little more delicious.
#12.) You get your blood tested for Vitamin D levels: Vitamin D helps ward off osteoporosis and may reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and infection. Unfortunately, a study from the University of Colorado found that FOUR in FIVE Americans are Vitamin D deficient.