Study: Live It Up and Live a Long Life; Heredity Seen as Top Factor

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Study: Live It Up and Live a Long Life; Heredity Seen as Top Factor


Byline: Andrea Billups, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Julie Jones turned 90 in June, outlasting all of her four siblings after her longest-living brother died more than a week ago at 88.

How did she live so long? Not because she was constantly Jazzercizing, denying herself a yummy peanut butter sandwich or staying away from a fun party.

As someone who hates exercise, who loves an occasional scotch on the rocks or a chocolate milkshake from McDonald's, and who smoked for many years, Mrs. Jones says she comes by her longevity naturally. Her mother lived until she was 96.

I didn't do anything special to get this far, Mrs. Jones said with a laugh.

The retired high school English teacher takes medication for heart issues, but continues to live in her home and drive on her own.

I believe it is genetics. My sister was 88, and so was my brother, and here I am 90. All my life, I've eaten what I want to eat, I've never exercised, and I have a bad heart and diabetes. Now, I just intend to keep on enjoying what I can.

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne, a proponent of exercise through the life span, might argue otherwise, but research confirms what Mrs. Jones and others have long pondered. Nature, it seems, beats nurture for those who live longer lives, a study from Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine has found.

In this population, the environment plays very little roles. What they have is some genetic protection against the environment, said the study's lead researcher, Dr. Ni Barzilai, a physician who heads Yeshiva's Institute for Aging Research.

His study, first published Wednesday in the online version of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, looks at 477 Ashkenazi Jews ages 95 to 112 who lived independently. The Ashkenazi Jews are more genetically uniform, the researchers said, making use of them as a study population a clearer way to track gene differences.

The study group was interviewed about their lifestyles at age 70 to paint a picture of how they lived as adults. They responded to questions about weight and height to calculate body mass index along with information about alcohol consumption, physical activity, smoking and diet. Their answers were compared with those from a second group of 3,164 people who were close to the same age and who had been examined between 1971 and 1975 as a part of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

Overall, the study found that the Ashkenazi Jews didn't have healthier habits than their comparison-group peers.

Our centenarians haven't been very special from the point of view of interacting with the environment, Dr. …

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