If you’re curious to know how long you’re likely to live, there’s now a genetic test you can take which will predict your longevity. Find out if you’ll live to be a hundred…
A research team at The Albert Einstein College of Medicine – http://www.einstein.yu.edu/home/default.asp – developed the genetic test after studying the genes and lifestyle of 450 people between the ages of 95 and 110.
The Longevity Genes Project at Albert Einstein College of Medicine researched not only the lifestyle of the long-lived particpants but also their genes and what seems to be the interplay of certain genes which recur in the long-lived.
The overall conclusion seems to have been that the interplay of certain genes is more important in longevity than lifestyle. Researchers reported that the elderly participants didn’t display any consistent signs of an “abstemious lifestyle”. While some had lived ‘healthy’ lives – getting fresh air and exercise, eating plenty of fruit, salad and vegetables, sleeping adequately, drinking and smoking moderately or not at all – others had been gaily drinking and smoking for decades and were on balance just as sprightly and alert as their more careful counterparts.
The study did find that the elderly people shared certain attitudes to an extent – they tended to be open to new experiences and had maintained their interest in the world around them. They also tended to have stable social networks despite their great age.
The most important finding however was that the centenarians and people in their nineties shared genes that, it seems, gave them protection against many of the diseases of old age which cause most people to die at earlier ages.
To see whether your genetic make-up includes the longevity genes you can take the free genetic test through the New England Centenarian Study. Although the test itself is free, you need to supply your complete genomic data – and that, unfortunately, can cost a lot.
It also needs to be remembered that even those lucky people with the full range of longevity genes are not guaranteed to live a long life. The best genes in the world may not stop a person getting hit by a truck!