DNA, not lifestyle is key to longevity

04.08.2011                      04.Aw-Elul, 5771

Langes Leben:

DNA, not lifestyle is key to longevity

Israeli researcher at Yeshiva University: These people do not need to maintain the healthy lifestyle the rest of us should observe.

Healthy centenarians lucky enough to have inherited “longevity genes” can thank their genetic makeup for their long lives. Unlike everybody else, they didn’t have to watch their diet, exercise daily or avoid alcohol to reach that age. They didn’t even have to stop smoking – although tobacco use would certainly harm their descendants.
This was the discovery of a team at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York headed by Prof. Nir Barzilai, an Israeli physician, aging researcher and geneticist. The team studied 477 Ashkenazi Jews aged 95 to 109 who were compared with a control group of Caucasians from the general American population….