The world’s oldest woman, Jeanne Calment, then 120 years old, is kissed by two young girls during a special ceremony at a retirement home in Arles, southern France, in 1995. There are more questions than answers about the secret to a long life. Photo: Reuters

Five myths about ageing: why taking antioxidants and calorie counting do not mean you’ll live longer

  • Does a slow metabolic rate mean longer life? Can we extend life by slowing down, or resetting, the body clock? See what the experts say about ageing myths
  • It’s true that more people worldwide are living longer than their forebears, but scientists don’t yet know why
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The world’s oldest woman, Jeanne Calment, then 120 years old, is kissed by two young girls during a special ceremony at a retirement home in Arles, southern France, in 1995. There are more questions than answers about the secret to a long life. Photo: Reuters
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