Living environment may be key to longevity – Study

When it comes to living to the ripe old age of 100, good genes help but don’t tell the full story. Where you live has a significant impact on the likelihood that you will reach centenarian age, suggests a new study conducted by scientists at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

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Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and based on Washington State mortality data, the research team’s findings suggest that Washingtonians who live in highly walkable, mixed-age communities may be more likely to live to their 100th birthday. They also found socioeconomic status to be correlated, and an additional analysis showed that geographic clusters where the probability of reaching centenarian age is high are located in urban areas and smaller towns with higher socioeconomic status, including the Seattle area and the region around Pullman, Wash.

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4 responses to “Living environment may be key to longevity – Study

  1. Birdie, Ed

    Makes sense. But do you look to your grandparents or great grandparents for the longevity gene clues?

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    • Clues, but, I hope not the major determinants. I like to think we have some control over the outcome. Sometimes people use heredity as a cop out instead of taking responsibility.

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  2. Fascinating! I presume that the term communities includes retirement homes of retirement care centres?

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