Family background, early-life and mid-life conditions help to determine one’s longevity, new research shows.
The Center on Aging/NORC, Chicago, arrives at this conclusion in a research paper, “Determinants of Exceptional Longevity: Early-Life Conditions, Mid-Life Environment and Parental Characteristics.” The report finds that parental longevity and some mid-life factors are greater predictors of longevity than childhood conditions.
“The results of this study demonstrate that both the region of children residence and the household property status [are] the two most significant variables that affect the chances of a household to produce a future centenarian (for both sons and daughters), the reports’ authors, Leonid Gavrilov and Natalia Gavrilova, state in their report. “Spending a childhood in the Mountain Pacific and West-Pacific regions in the U.S. [was] found to increase chances of long life (by a factor of three) compared to the Northeastern part of the country.”
Among the paper’s findings:
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