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Monday, November 3, 2014

'Methuselah' traits

Methuselah  (Robert Scarth)
Although there’s no such thing as a longevity guarantee (that we know of), certain personality traits can go a long way toward living a long earthly life.

The Longevity Genes Project at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine “studied more than 500 healthy participants ranging from 95 to 112 years old.”

Rather than finding that most of these elders were thin vegetarians, researchers instead found that “half were overweight or obese, 60 percent of men and 30 percent of women had smoked for many years, and few exercised.”

What was it that lengthened their lives in the face of these odds?

MSN Health & Fitness reports that “the biggest predictor of living to 100 was how long people’s parents had lived…”  Nevertheless, personality traits also seem to impact longevity.

A research study by psychologists Howard S. Friedman and Leslie Martin that piggybacked upon research done by Dr. Lewis Terman at the turn of the 20th century indicates that conscientiousness (but not the obsessive kind) seems linked to longevity.

Research findings have also suggested that extraversion, tempered optimism, unselfish volunteerism, stable marriage, industriousness, career success, and just a touch of neuroticism can also bode well for a long healthy life.


Copyright November 3, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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