Navigation Links
Lifestyle affects life expectancy more than genetics
Date:2/7/2011

How long your parents lived does not affect how long you will live. Instead it is how you live your life that determines how old you will get, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg recently published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

It is often assumed that people with parents who lived to be very old are more likely to live to a grand old age themselves.

"But that's just not true our study shows that hereditary factors don't play a major role and that lifestyle has the biggest impact," says professor emeritus Lars Wilhelmsen, referring to the 1913 Men study that formed the basis of the current research.

Those who did not smoke, consumed moderate amounts of coffee and had a good socio-economic status at the age of 50 (measured in terms of housing costs), as well as good physical working capacity at the age of 54 and low cholesterol at 50 had the greatest chance of celebrating their 90th birthday.

"We're breaking new ground here," says Wilhelmsen. "Many of these factors have previously been identified as playing a role in cardiovascular disease, but here we are showing for the first time that they are important for survival in general."

He believes that it is significant that the research illustrates so clearly that we do not "inherit" mortality to any great extent, but instead that it is the sum of our own habits that has the biggest impact.

"The study clearly shows that we can influence several of the factors that decide how old we get," says Wilhelmsen. "This is positive not only for the individual, but also for society as it doesn't entail any major drug costs."

The study has been published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.

The study of men born in 1913

The 1913 Men epidemiological study started up in 1963. A third of all male 50-year-olds in Gothenburg were called for a check-up that focused on cardiovascular health. Every ten years since, a new group of 50-
'/>"/>

Contact: Lars Wilhelmsen
lars.wilhelmsen@gu.se
46-031-295-182
University of Gothenburg
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Massive gene loss linked to pathogens stealthy plant-dependent lifestyle
2. Genome inversion gives plant a new lifestyle
3. Lifestyle changes for teens critical in light of research about teens heart disease risk
4. Lifestyle changes may stave off diabetes for a decade
5. Genomes reveal bacterial lifestyles: Research
6. American College of Preventive Medicine releases lifestyle medicine literature review
7. Modern lifestyle prevents tooth decay
8. Texas A&M study finds courtship affects gene expression in flies
9. Study shows caffeine negatively affects children
10. Pattern of drinking affects the relation of alcohol intake to coronary heart disease
11. Microsensors offer first look at whether cell mass affects growth rate
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/10/2014)... and other major cities in New Mexico, nearly every ... wastewater rather than precious potable water supplies. Across the ... all golf courses receive treated effluent. Reusing the effluent ... golf courses and homeowners alike fertilize their lawns during ... nitrate. A New Mexico State University turfgrass expert has ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... 2014  Unisys Corporation,s (NYSE: UIS ) subsidiary ... today announced that it has been selected by the Dutch ... new Basic Provision Biometrics solution for penitentiaries across ... contract with a solution based on its open standards-based ... the contract is up to seven years, with the new ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Fingerprint Cards, (FPC,s) new mobile touch sensor FPC1021 ... Top 5 smartphone OEM has selected FPC1021 for a flagship ... 2014.   FPC is proud to announce this ... a planned date for the start of mass production in ... of 3 million units. The Chinese OEM wants to remain ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):'Tailored' water -- the latest in lawn care 2Unisys Delivers New Basic Provision Biometrics Solution to Dutch Custodial Institutions Service 2Unisys Delivers New Basic Provision Biometrics Solution to Dutch Custodial Institutions Service 3FPC Wins DW for 1021 Touch Sensor for Flagship Smartphone from Chinese Top 5 Smartphone OEM 2
... InvenTeams were among more than a dozen teams from ... a White House Science Fair. The fair celebrates the ... and math (STEM) competitions, including students from the Cesar ... Oak Ridge High School InvenTeam in Oak Ridge, Tennessee ...
... Harbor, NY -- A team co-led by neuroscientists at Cold ... on circuitry underlying the olfactory system in mammals, giving us ... some of its most amazing feats. It ... instance, can tell the difference between two quite similar odors ...
... , Tampa, Fla. (October 18, 2010) Two research ... Medicine (Okayama, Japan) have reported breakthrough studies in ... technical breakthrough in creating induced pluripotent stem cells ... vitro had "implications for overcoming immunological rejection." Whereas ...
Cached Biology News:White House Science Fair showcases Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams 2White House Science Fair showcases Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams 3White House Science Fair showcases Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams 4Optical technique reveals unnexpected complexity in mammalian olfactory coding 2Optical technique reveals unnexpected complexity in mammalian olfactory coding 3Optical technique reveals unnexpected complexity in mammalian olfactory coding 4Japanese researchers report on liver transplantation studies using animal and iPS cells 2
(Date:7/10/2014)... Capital, a firm specializing in acquiring and managing food ... the Slim-Fast brand from Unilever. Unilever will retain a ... were not disclosed. Slim-Fast is a branded ... shakes, powders, bars and snacks to retail customers throughout ... United Kingdom and Ireland.  The ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... in the fight against terrorism with the creation of ... with the use of light and special glass fibres. ... B: Chemical , the researchers describe a novel optical ... low as 6.3 ppm (parts per million). It requires ... "Traditionally explosives detection has involved looking for metals that ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... RICHLAND, Wash. The lithium-ion batteries that power our ... run longer on a single charge with the help ... the porous material to replace the graphite traditionally used ... more than 10 times the energy storage capacity of ... lithium-ion battery electrode was published today in Nature ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... approach akin to assembling a club sandwich at ... (NIST) researchers have succeeded in crafting a uniform, ... of foam commonly used in upholstered furniture and ... nanotube-coated polyurethane foam was reduced 35 percent compared ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Kainos Capital Acquires Slim-Fast From Unilever 2Detecting trace amounts of explosives with light 2Silicon sponge improves lithium-ion battery performance 2Silicon sponge improves lithium-ion battery performance 3Layered security: Carbon nanotubes promise improved flame-resistant coating 2
... CITY, Calif. , June 17 OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ... global strategic alliance to discover, develop and commercialize novel anti-cancer stem ... a subset of tumor cells believed to play a significant role ... , , ...
... Institute have developed a new, ultra-simple method for ... of a meter thick. The process, which requires ... surface including silicon wafers, could have important implications ... assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Applied ...
... MD ... the functional relevance of a drug treatment on the heart following direct coronary flow ... ... MD Biosciences , a Preclinical Contract Research Organization (CRO), offers in vivo models for ...
Cached Biology Technology:OncoMed Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Schering Pharma Announce Strategic Alliance to Develop Anti-Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics 2OncoMed Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Schering Pharma Announce Strategic Alliance to Develop Anti-Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics 3OncoMed Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Schering Pharma Announce Strategic Alliance to Develop Anti-Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics 4OncoMed Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Schering Pharma Announce Strategic Alliance to Develop Anti-Cancer Stem Cell Therapeutics 5Researchers develop ultra-simple method for creating nanoscale gold coatings 2MD Biosciences Offers Occlusion-induced Myocardial Infarct Model for Investigating the Cardio-protection of a Drug Treatment in the Event of Ischemia/reperfusion Injury 2
lid holder -see Blotters (Semi-Dry) for more info...
... QPlate is the consumable ... 16 contains 16 individually controlled ... contains a sophisticated liquid flow ... fast and precise solution and ...
This kit is designed to select cells labeled with phycoerythrin- (PE-) conjugated antibodies. Kit includes reagents for labeling 3 x 10 9 cells and EasySep magnet....
... bring you ease of use and rapid solutions to meet your laboratory's requirements for data management ... ... ... CLARA® is the standard software for Staccato Systems and ...
Biology Products: