Who wants to live forever?

Szabo GaborStarred Page By Szabo Gabor, 16th Sep 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
Posted in Wikinut>Health>General Health>Public Health

Nobody yet knows the secret of everlasting life, but researches in America are hard at work trying to find out how to make it last as long as possible.

A strange conclusion

A research project called the New England Centenarian Study looked at more than 1500 people over 100 years old from all over the USA to find out why they had lived so long. They found that people who lived long lives had a history of good health. It wasn’t surprising to discover obesity and smoking were two factors which seemed to shorten life expectancy. One unexpected conclusion of the study was that woman having children later in life, after 35 or 40 years of age, were much more likely to live longer. Researches are not convinced that having children keeps these older women younger longer. They tend to think that having an active reproductive system in early middle-age indicates that the process of ageing is delayed in these women, and that all their organs are lasting longer than average. Another factor of importance is that these centenarians were much more able to handle stress than people with normal life spans.

Genetics and diet

Unfortunately for those of us who are looking for a way to prolong our time on earth, the major factor in longevity appears to be genetic. Very old people usually have parents who lived to be very old, have brothers and sisters who are also very old, and their children are often very healthy and fit for their ages. We can’t do anything about our genes (perhaps in the future we will be able to modify them), but we are in charge in our diets. Another joint study in Boston by the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Athens Medical School, Athens, Greece, demonstrated that eating a Mediterranean diet (vegetables, fruits, nuts, cereals, olive oil, moderate amount of fish, yoghurt and cheese, small amounts of red meat and wine in small quantities with meals) would seem to be the key to a long and healthy life.

Family is important

A very comforting conclusion for those lucky enough to have a long life in front of them is that these very old people also enjoy a good quality of life. The New England Study found that many centenarians had suffered no loss in their thinking ability and that it was normal to maintain their independence until over the age of 95. So a happy and healthy long life is possible, especially if it runs in the family.

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Diet, Family, Forever, Genetic, Life, Life Span, Lifestyle, Live, Research

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author avatar Szabo Gabor
I like reading, writing and sharing interesting articles. My favourite topics: environment, animals, plants, science, technology, useful tips and mysteries. Now I’m learning natural science at the university.

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