Wednesday, 24 August 2011
If you want to live longer, you have to maintain a healthy lifestyle.... right? Recent research at Yeshiva University claims that this may not be true. In fact, people who made it to 95 were just as likely to live long as their shorter lived peers as they lived a lifestyle of drinking, smoking, and not exercising. Sound ridiculous?
These kinds of information are the ones that make us wonder how elite athletes such as Lance Armstrong could be victims of cancer. And we wonder, if it's not because of their lifestyle, what could the factor for longevity be?
It turns out that these people who live to ages of 95-109 (and were not affected by the drinking, smoking and lack of exercise) got to the age by their genetic blessings. They had longevity coded into their DNA, which protected them from the effects of unhealthy living.
So if it's our DNA that purely dictates our fate, is it okay to not exercise and not maintain a healthy diet?
The answer is no, scientists say. The people who don't have the Tuck Everlasting-like genes, your lifespan can be drastically modified by eating right, moving your body regularly, and drinking in moderation.
How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle? Is it pointless to live healthy if "DNA determines your fate?"