Saturday, May 26, 2012

Identifying factors for longevity

Longevity (Source:
A 2012 Scientific American article (see link below) reported that certain genes, more precisely SNPs, occur more frequently in people who live over a 100 years than in a random population sample.

However, twin studies suggest that genetics only account for approximately 20-30% of an individual's chance of surviving to age 85.

Research by the Blue Zones research project suggests that environmental factors such as diet and a supportive community are important to live a long life.

Live Long and Proper: Genetic Factors Associated with Increased Longevity Identified: Scientific American:

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