There’s no guarantee, but researchers think they’ve discovered a simple little trick you can do at home that might help you live years longer.
Turn down your thermostat.
“(Our study)… raises the intriguing possibility that exposure to cold air — or pharmacological stimulation of the cold-sensitive genetic program — may promote longevity in mammals,” says researcher Shawn Xu of the University of Michigan Life Sciences Institute.
Xu’s research shows that cold air may stimulate reactions in skin and fat cells that boost life expectancy. It activates a receptor known as the TRPA1 channel. TRPA1 passes calcium into cells. The resulting chain of signaling ultimately reaches DAF-16/FOXO, a gene associated with longevity.