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Lifestyle affects life expectancy more than genetics

For many that have assumed that their "good genes" would get them to a ripe old age, or for those that have given up on good lifestyle choices because "it's all in the genes," an answer has come in from a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine recently. The study notes that  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. The study's author concludes 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. NRHA celebrates our members that are involved in prevention and lifestyle modification work, your efforts can have a significant impact toward a long....and healthy life.

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