If you’re struggling to do the right thing when it comes to managing your health, then the results of this study from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University will come as a slap in the face.
The researchers discovered folks in this prestigious club of people who have celebrated approx 100 or more birthdays, are no more virtuous than the rest of us, when it comes to health habits.
They pigged out, drank, smoked and sat on the couch more than they should have, but were dealt some really good genes, which helped them to survive.
Interviews with 100 club members
The researchers studied 477 Ashkenazi Jews, aged between 95 and 112 years, who were living independently.
The people in the study were asked about their lifestyle thirty years earlier, when they were in their seventies.
It was hypothesized that what they were doing at seventy would be pretty much represent their overall life pattern.
The list of health habits investigated included
- patterns of alcohol consumption
- smoking habits
- physical activity
- diet in terms of calories, fat and salt consumed
“Interviews” with the dearly departed
The researchers needed to find out what people who didn’t make it into the 100 club were doing in the 1970s, since digging them up from the grave was not an option, they turned to data which had been collected at that time.
They poured over the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES 1) data.
Sticking around forever unrelated to health habits
Members of the 100 club did not do anything special in terms of their health habits, they were just like everyone else.
They did come in marginally “thinner” but certainly weren’t skinny bean poles. Only 4.5 percent of male centenarians were obese vs. 12.1 percent of the early departers; and for women, 9.6 percent of centenarians were obese versus 16.2 percent.
Actually in the exercise stat, they performed worse…… Only 43 % of the long-lived guys engaged in regular physical exercise, compared with 57 % of the “short”-lived gentleman. Eish !
If you want to live forever….
Choose your parents wisely !
The researchers are hunting through the genomes of these exceptionally healthy oldies looking for clues about which genes are worth having !
100 clubbers thoughts on longevity
Many 100 clubbers acknowledged good genes was probably a big driver in their loooooooooooong lives, 33 % reported a history of family longevity.
But many felt it took more than good genes to have a really good innings , they also attributed it to
- high levels of physical activity (20 %)
- living with a positive attitude (19 %)
- busy and/or active lives (12 %)
- laying off the cigarettes and alcohol (15 %)
- good luck (8 %)
- religion and spirituality (6 %)
Your gene package ?
If you’re sporting an inferior gene package, you probably need to worry about you health habits.
Focus your efforts on sorting out the 7 Big Spoons™ to get the most out of the gene package you’ve been dealt.
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