Lifestyle habits may be more important to life expectancy than genetics


February 14, 2011

A new study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine has revealed that, contrary to popular belief, a person's lifestyle habits may be more important to their life expectancy than genetics, according to

"Our study shows that hereditary factors don't play a major role and that lifestyle has the biggest impact," said professor Lars Wilhelmsen, the news source reports. He added that this study may be breaking new ground, because it places more of an emphasis on personal choices than hereditary factors.

The experts reached this conclusion after many years of research. They studied a group of men born in 1913 who didn't smoke, drank some coffee and were in a good socio-economic position by the age of 50.

Wilhelmsen suggested that these findings could compel people to make healthier decisions during their golden years.

Seniors interested in a safe and independent lifestyle may also want to invest in a personal emergency response system. This device can send a medical alert to family or doctors if one is in need of assistance.

Physical exercise may be another key to a long life, as researchers have found that moderate amounts of fitness can extend longevity by years, according to United Press International.