Friday, July 02, 2010

Extreme longevity (esp past age 105 or so) seems to be largely about genetics

Rob Stein has an article on p A4 of the Washington Post on Friday July 2 on extreme longevity, and recent research indicates that genetics is a very important factor, especially for females, and for those who live past 105 or 110. In fact, 90% of centenarians did not have a significant disability or health issue at age 93. The story is (web url) here.

Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz have presented programs about longevity in “blue zones”, where people eat a lot of anti-oxidants. Longevity seems common in Seventh Day Adventists; one man age 94 was still practicing surgery. In 2008, Barbara Walters had presented a special on longevity and predictions that one could live to 150 see my TV reviews blog, April 1, 2008).

The abstract for the recent Science Magazine article, many articles, is here.

NBC Nightly News covered longevity in the July 1 broadcast.

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