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Personality traits of long-lived people

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Lifestyle might not matter

Think about other people your age. Some probably look 10 years older than you, while others appear 10 years younger. People age at different rates, and some live much longer than others. Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine, ponders these facts daily. His Longevity Genes Project studied more than 500 healthy participants ranging from 95 to 112 years old. The results? Half were overweight or obese, 60 percent of men and 30 percent of women had smoked for many years, and few exercised. Only 2 percent were vegetarians. “As a group, they didn’t do what we ask our patients to do,” Barzilai said. The biggest predictor of living to 100 was how long people’s parents had lived, not lifestyle factors. But Barzilai and other researchers are also studying how personality affects longevity.

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