It comes down to this:
All those hours at the gym, healthy food choices, cutting back on the alcohol, quitting cigarettes… might not help you live longer.
…but, don’t stop trying, just in case it does.
That’s the message from researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Their findings indicate many centenarians have plenty of bad habits, and yet they keep going, making a case for genetics over lifestyle choices.
Keep in mind, currently only 1 in every 4,400 Americans makes it to 100. And although there is a strong case for genetics keeping these people going strong, the life expectancy in the US has jumped almost 10 years to 78.7 since the 1960s. This overall prolonged life is, in part, due to modern medicine and current health knowledge and prevention.
So, while the lucky genetic mutants may have bet the house and won, until researchers can figure out exactly why and apply it to the masses, they recommend you keep on that healthy eating and exercise regime. Damn.