FunIs longevity inherited?

Is longevity inherited?

For starters, nothing better than an example. Twins Phyllis Jones and Irene Crump, who turned one hundred years on November 20, 2016 in the British city of Stourport-on-Severn, attribute the secret of their long life to hard work and diet. This was explained to the media while informing them of the many relatives of theirs who had died in their nineties.

These sisters are proof that longevity is inherited, all studies confirm. The latter, funded in the United Kingdom by the Medical Research Council (MRC), points out that the risk of dying from heart disease is 20% lower for every decade that parents live longer than the seventy years.

The research, published in the Journal of The American College of Cardiology, has reached this conclusion after analyzing data from about 190,000 people. This type of study is of special importance because it allows us to identify, based on their genetic profile, the patients with the highest risk of dying and thus implement preventive measures. For example, it can be known if a person is prone to insulin resistance and prevent him from developing diabetes.

One of the characteristics of centenarians is that they age healthily, retain their faculties, and are able to fend for themselves until shortly before death. Biologists and doctors investigate these cases with one goal: to design drugs that prevent wear and tear on the body, just as they exist to control cholesterol.

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