How To Reach 100: Lifestyle Choices Vie With Genetics In Longevity
By Patricia Reaney
NEW YORK, June 7 (Reuters) - Genetics may be the best predictor of longevity, but lifestyle choices, including staying connected with family and friends, are key components to reaching the age of 100, according to a new poll released on Wednesday.
More than 80 percent of 100 men and women who have already hit the milestone said being socially active had helped them get there, and a similar number of baby boomers believe it will help them reach their 100th birthday.
"Scientifically we know that the formula, the best predictor, for how long someone will live has traditionally been how long their immediate relatives have lived, so we know genetics is a strong factor," said Dr. Rhonda Randall, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare, which conducted the survey.
"But we are seeing more and more that lifestyle choices - physical exercise, diet, staying engaged, having a social purpose - are becoming a stronger and stronger influence," she said in an interview.
Like their children and grandchildren, centenarians have turned to the Internet to stay connected...