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Living to see 100 is just luck, not lifestyle
The Telegraph ^ | Aug 3, 2011 | Stephen Adams

Posted on 08/05/2011 7:14:22 PM PDT by Clairity

Taking regular exercise, drinking only in moderation and watching what you eat makes no difference to one's chances of reaching 100, research has found.

Those who are lucky enough to qualify for a telegram from the Queen have simply been dealt a good genetic hand at birth, the study indicates.

Academics studied almost 500 people between 95 and 109 and compared them with over 3,000 others born during the same period.

They found those who lived extremely long lives ate just as badly, drank and smoked just as much, took just as little exercise and were just as likely to be overweight as their long-gone friends.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: diet; exercise; genetics; health; lifestyle; longevity; medicine
It's all in the genes -- rediscovered. Everyone knew this, but then it was not PC to point out that some people have genes that make them smart, make them thin, make them live a long life.
1 posted on 08/05/2011 7:14:27 PM PDT by Clairity
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To: Clairity

Another article:

http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-longevity-genes-20110803,0,5216590.story

“The key, researchers concluded, may lie in genetics. “This study suggests that centenarians may possess additional longevity genes that help to buffer them against the harmful effects of an unhealthy lifestyle,” said senior author Dr. Nir Barzilai in a news release. Barzilai is director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in tNew York, N.Y.”


2 posted on 08/05/2011 7:17:09 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity
Living to see 100 is just luck...

That's for sure...


“...the complete lives system combines four morally relevant principles: youngest-first, prognosis, lottery, and saving the most lives."

3 posted on 08/05/2011 7:17:40 PM PDT by _a_0_0_
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To: Clairity

Clean living key to long life? Don’t believe it

100-year-olds report lifetime of lousy health choices in major study

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/43992058/ns/health-aging/

“Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that many very old people — age 95 and older — could be poster children for bad health behaviorwith their smoking, drinking, poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise.”


4 posted on 08/05/2011 7:18:38 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: _a_0_0_

Yes, there will always be a few lucky ones, who won’t be killed by Obamacare prematurily...


5 posted on 08/05/2011 7:20:35 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

I would consider it lucky not to live till 100.


6 posted on 08/05/2011 7:21:33 PM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: CaptainK

It all depends on the quality of life — some people are still active in the 90-100 age range.


7 posted on 08/05/2011 7:24:18 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Clairity

Good, now I feel better about my cigars and bourbon habit. I wasn’t going to give them up anyway but its nice to know that it wouldn’t matter a tinkers damn even if I did. Finally, some good news.


8 posted on 08/05/2011 7:24:32 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ("It is terrible to contemplate how few politicians are hanged." G.K. Chesterton)
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To: HerrBlucher

I’ve given up everything else but I’m not giving up red wine. Just kill me now. My mom is almost 89 and still going strong. Drives her car to church, PO, grocery etc and lives in the house across the street. She has a more active social life than we do.


9 posted on 08/05/2011 7:33:37 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: HerrBlucher
My Genes suck. We're talking late fifties as history. I'm gonna enjoy myself without being over the top about it.
10 posted on 08/05/2011 7:33:54 PM PDT by ladyvet ( I would rather have Incitatus then the asses that are in congress today.)
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To: Clairity
My Dad turns 102 in Oct. this year. He has a beer every day with boiled peanuts before he takes his “catnap”, then eats lunch. Naps until he gets up to watch Fox News at 6:00 while he has two mixed drinks. Has his dinner and goes to bed at his home after sitters help him to bed. Until he was 97, drove anywhere he wanted. Would have driven longer, but had the good sense to know with Macular Degenerative Disease, he must stop. BTW, he goes to Sunday School every Sunday and is first there. He is also still aware of what goes on in his businesses he started over 50 and 25 years ago. He asked me constantly what is going on in the world of politics. He to this day, has not missed voting!!!!
11 posted on 08/05/2011 7:36:25 PM PDT by kaki
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To: Clairity
My Dad turns 102 in Oct. this year. He has a beer every day with boiled peanuts before he takes his “catnap”, then eats lunch. Naps until he gets up to watch Fox News at 6:00 while he has two mixed drinks. Has his dinner and goes to bed at his home after sitters help him to bed. Until he was 97, drove anywhere he wanted. Would have driven longer, but had the good sense to know with Macular Degenerative Disease, he must stop. BTW, he goes to Sunday School every Sunday and is first there. He is also still aware of what goes on in his businesses he started over 50 and 25 years ago. He asked me constantly what is going on in the world of politics. He to this day, has not missed voting!!!!
12 posted on 08/05/2011 7:36:39 PM PDT by kaki
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To: Clairity

Only thing I’ve noticed is that not too many really elderly folk (90 plus) who still get around well either smoke or appear portly, although they may have done so when younger.


13 posted on 08/05/2011 7:39:50 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: Clairity

3 of my grandparents made it to their mid 90’s. They were not paragons of a healthy lifestyle. My dad is 78 and is healthy as a horse.


14 posted on 08/05/2011 7:46:07 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Clairity

My maternal grandfather still has 2-3 fingers of Wild Turkey or VA Gentleman each afternoon (”Doctor says it probably won’t be what kills me”) and he turned 99 in March. Saw him a few weeks back, he said “hurry back, I’ll still be here as long as Ma keeps feedin’ me” (She’s 93 or 4)


15 posted on 08/05/2011 7:52:42 PM PDT by Axenolith (Government blows, and that which governs least, blows least...)
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To: kaki

Dayum! I want to be like your dad when I grow up! LOL


16 posted on 08/05/2011 8:02:26 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: ladyvet

“My Genes suck”

This is where a “healthy lifestyle” — without overdoing it can help you.

Just remember that wine and chocolate are health foods. :)


17 posted on 08/05/2011 8:05:11 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Georgia Girl 2

“I’m not giving up red wine.”

Red wine is actually good for you. :)


18 posted on 08/05/2011 8:06:00 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: umgud
3 of my grandparents made it to their mid 90’s. They were not paragons of a healthy lifestyle. My dad is 78 and is healthy as a horse.

Same here. My grandparents lived as they saw fit, and lived to very old ages. My maternal granddad was a chain smoker, and my paternal granddad had a few beers every night.

My mom and dad don't have the smoke and drink vices, but they're 78 and 81, respectively. Both are fit as a fiddle and still going strong.

19 posted on 08/05/2011 8:06:56 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Clairity

Contradicts the findings of The Longevity Project. http://www.howardsfriedman.com/longevityproject/


20 posted on 08/05/2011 8:07:17 PM PDT by djf (One of the few FReepers who NEVER clicked the "dead weasel" thread!! But may not last much longer...)
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To: CaptainK

99 would satisfy me if I had all of my mental acuity and was fully ambulatory.


21 posted on 08/05/2011 8:08:31 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: djf

It never hurts to do things, eat healthy, take supplements, etc. to help you live a healthy life — but many recommendations are excessive. And even if you have good genes, you shouldn’t abuse your body, but there is a middle road of everything in moderation.


22 posted on 08/05/2011 8:12:46 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: Axenolith

My Grandpa lived to 100 and would of lived longer except a sick person came to his hundredth B-Day party and he died of pneumonia two weeks later. He drove till he was 95 and rode around on his riding mower after that. Didn’t smoke but chewed tobacco his whole life. Worked till he was 70+ and won a fistfight against a 40 year old when he was 75.

He worked hard his whole life though. I sit on my ass in front of a computer for a living.

I remember him telling me how during the depression he ate “Lard sandwiches” for lunch. Just two pieces of home made bread with pig fat in between. Even when he was old he would sometimes take a dollop of lard and sprinkle some sugar on it as a snack.


23 posted on 08/05/2011 8:14:23 PM PDT by DJlaysitup
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To: Clairity

Good, I should have never quit smoking then.


24 posted on 08/05/2011 8:15:53 PM PDT by political1 (Love your neighbors)
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To: Clairity
A women was walking down the road one day when she saw an incredibly happy looking old man sitting on a porch. He looked so happy, she just had to stop and ask him what his secret was.

"What is the secret of a long and happy life?"

"Well," he replied, "I smoke a carton of cigarettes and drink a case of whiskey everyday, eat nothing but bacon and ice-cream and do drugs regularly."

"Thats amazing!" the women said. "And how old are you?"

"26" the man replied.

25 posted on 08/05/2011 8:22:52 PM PDT by Celtic Cross (The brain is the weapon; everything else is just accessories. --FReeper Joe Brower)
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To: Clairity
My neighbor lady passed away at 103. She could easily have lived a few more years as she was in incredible good health: strong heart, lungs/liver fine, etc., but she had outlived all family, including her only child and just decided she'd been around long enough.

she as born in England in 1896 - remembered Queen Victoria's funeral cortege. She was a consummate story teller and possessed that fine - and sometimes a bit bawdy - sense of humor.

She'd have a bit of bread with her butter ;o) ,,, ate few vegetables, lots of meat with out worrying about fat.

She had two favorite drinks: red rose tea and Old Fashioneds - altho’ vodka was not shunned.

I have noticed that whiskey seems to be a common denominator in people living - and healthily - over 100.

Wish I could stand the taste of it!

26 posted on 08/05/2011 8:26:50 PM PDT by maine-iac7 (I AM ISRAEL)
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To: Clairity

Gee, what surprise. Not.


27 posted on 08/05/2011 8:27:36 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Celtic Cross

“And how old are you?”

“26” the man replied.”

LOL!

As I said in an earlier post — everything in moderation, your genes can only help so much.


28 posted on 08/05/2011 8:27:55 PM PDT by Clairity ("The United States needs to be not so much loved as it needs to be respected." -- VP Dick Cheney)
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To: CaptainK; Graybeard58
Wifey and I (both age 64,and happily suckling on SSA) wake up most mornings thanking the Lord that we aren't 40 - or even 20 - years younger.

There's a rather grim future for our former USA.....glad we won't see all of the downfall; just enough, apparently, to keep us in totally pissed-off mode.

29 posted on 08/05/2011 8:27:58 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: CaptainK

Exactly. Unless I have a boatload of money to take care of myself financially and I can get around and take care of myself, I don’t want to live that long.


30 posted on 08/05/2011 8:30:22 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Clairity

Living to be 100 is probably genes, but living to be 75 probably does have something to do with lifestyle. Many don’t make it 75 (or the average life expectancy in the US).


31 posted on 08/05/2011 8:33:31 PM PDT by Will88
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To: kaki
Tell your Dad that I love him....seriously.

(I considered myself fortunate to have had mine with me until just after his 94th birthday in August of 2007....hard to believe we're approaching what would have been his 98th).

Give your Dad a kiss for me.

32 posted on 08/05/2011 8:33:38 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not the Obama Administration....it's the "Obama Regime".)
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To: Clairity

So I went to the doctor and asked him if I’d live to be 90. He asked me,
“Do you smoke?’
“No, I quit”
“Do you drink?”
“No. I quit that too.”
“Do you eat red meat?”
“No, I stopped that”
“Do you chase women?”
“I’d like to, but I quit that too.”

Then what the hell do you want to live to 90 for?


33 posted on 08/05/2011 8:34:56 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Stormdog

So I went to the doctor and asked him if I’d live to be 90. He asked me,
“Do you smoke?’
“No, I quit”
“Do you drink?”
“No. I quit that too.”
“Do you eat red meat?”
“No, I stopped that”
“Do you chase women?”
“I’d like to, but I quit that too.”

Then what the hell do you want to live to 90 for?
*************************************************

That’s great!


34 posted on 08/05/2011 8:55:18 PM PDT by GOPJ (This “wussification” of America is an on-going phenomenon.- freeper rokkitapps)
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To: GOPJ

A doctor on his morning walk, noticed an old lady sitting on her front step smoking a cigar, so he walked up to her and said,
“I couldn’t help but notice how happy you look! What is your secret?”
“I smoke ten cigars a day,” she said. “Before I go to bed, I smoke a nice
big joint. Apart from that, I drink a whole bottle of Jack Daniels every
week, and eat only junk food. On weekends, I pop pills, get laid, and I
don’t exercise at all.”
“That is absolutely amazing! How old are you?”

“Forty,” she replied!


35 posted on 08/05/2011 9:00:52 PM PDT by verity (The Obama Administration is a Criminal Enterprise.)
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To: Clairity
OK I am going out on a limb here. People live until they die. That's it.
36 posted on 08/05/2011 9:02:43 PM PDT by Nuc 1.1 (Nuc 1 Liberals aren't Patriots. Remember 1789!)
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“Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” —Job 14:5

My mother’s family is full of heavy smokers, and not ONE of them has ever had lung cancer. However, many of them have died from heart disease. While genes don’t dictate everything, and a healthy diet and exercise do help maintain a good quality of life, man’s battle against mortality is futile. That’s why we must look toward Eternity and make decisions that count toward that end.


37 posted on 08/05/2011 9:29:14 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: maine-iac7
My Aunt lived to 97 and I have pictures of her from the 50’s and 60’s where she was absolutely obese. But she always had the absolute best sense of humor and was able to get through anything life threw at her, mostly with a smile and a “what will be will be” attitude. Her husband died when she was 27 with two small children. But she kept it together, got a job and bought her own home as a woman in the 1940’s. That side of the family has good genes, but she lived the longest by about ten years. I think a lot of it had to do with her positive attitude. She was very outgoing and politically active until the day she died. She moderated a local debate probably in the mid 60’s ( before I was born) and at one point it seemed as if the candidates where going to fight it out right there. She stood up and told them both if they didn't knock it off and remain civil she'd take them both out right there. And she could have. Yet she was never seen without her trademark high heals and skirt, even at 97 when walking was difficult, because that's what a lady was suppose to wear!
38 posted on 08/05/2011 10:09:33 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Clairity

My mom is quickly approaching 80 and used to eat lunch with a doctor friend. He would put pepper on his hard boiled egg because salt was bad, never smoked or drank, exercised regularly. She told me over a steak dinner the other day that she missed visiting with him. He died of a heart attack at 65.


39 posted on 08/05/2011 10:18:30 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: Clairity
***Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have found that many very old people — age 95 and older — could be poster children for bad health behaviorwith their smoking, drinking, poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise.”****

They just keep truckin and doing what they love to do, smoke, eat, and drink. Excercise is walking from the sofa to the refrigerator and mail box.. They don't listen to today's experts on how to live a long life...It seem's instead of asking experts, they should ask the old folks that have succeeded in living to be old..

40 posted on 08/06/2011 12:50:26 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: CaptainK

I am with you on that...I never understood the idea of living to be 100 as a worthy cause. Scripture says man’s life span is 3 score and 10. After that if they live longer its because they are strong and those years are filled with sorrow/


41 posted on 08/06/2011 12:52:49 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: verity

LOL - good one verity.


42 posted on 08/06/2011 8:02:55 AM PDT by GOPJ (This “wussification” of America is an on-going phenomenon.- freeper rokkitapps)
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To: BunnySlippers

My goal is to reach 88 and get hit by a car I didn’t see coming.


43 posted on 08/06/2011 9:54:38 AM PDT by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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