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Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha. Ha ha ha ha ha.I'm gonna light a cigarette, pour myself a beer and feel smug.
The latest research shows that diet, exercise, smoking and drinking have no bearing at all - none - on whether we'll live to be very old.
"This study suggests that centenarians may possess additional longevity genes that help to buffer them against the harmful effects of an unhealthy lifestyle."
In fact, the only thing that really does seem to make a difference is turning into a real lard-bucket. Being moderately overweight is fine, but only 4.5 percent of male centenarians were obese, as against 12.1 percent of controls. For women, 9.6 percent of centenarians were obese versus 16.2 percent of controls.
If I'd been the author of this study I'd have been breaking out the whiskey and cigars at this point, but these guys seem a bit suspicious of their findings.
"Although this study demonstrates that centenarians can be obese, smoke and avoid exercise, those lifestyle habits are not good choices for most of us who do not have a family history of longevity," says a stern Dr Barzilai.
Originally posted by Maxmars
reply to post by TiredofControlFreaks
Unfortunately, and in stereotypical MSM-style, they author fails to link the actual reported study. The Principle Investigator seems to have been Dr Nir Barzilai at New York's Yeshiva University.
Perhaps you can have better luck than I at finding the research itself.