Thursday, August 4. 2011
While many individuals may focus on healthy living in an attempt to forgo health insurance bills and lead a long life, some researchers recently found that long life may have more to do with the gene pool than the lap pool, according to The Los Angeles Times.
A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that older individuals surveyed - age 95 and up - had similar habits as the general population. They drank alcohol as much as the average person, and their exercise and eating habits were on par with their younger counterparts, the source reports.
"This study suggests that centenarians may possess additional longevity genes that help to buffer them against the harmful effects of an unhealthy lifestyle," stated study author Dr. Nir Barzilai, the source reports.
That means individuals with long-living parents and grandparents may be more disposed to live as long themselves.
While the researchers do not recommend picking up unhealthy habits, they do theorize that those with longevity genes would not be too affected by a bit of bad behavior. Barzilai warns that they have yet to determine if every family member inherits the set of genes that lead to a longer life, according to The Washington Post.
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