Aging longevity - what research says

Aging Longevity - What research tells us. Most of us want to live  long lives.  We want to see our children grow up....and our grand children and maybe even our great grand children .  

You may have wondered if there really is some special key to longevity?  Is it all in the genes we were born with or does lifestyle affect the length of our lives?

So many ads promise a long life if we, "Do this.", "Eat that", "Take our supplement." But what really matters?

We know that the people of Japan are the longest lived people on  earth. Japanese men have a life expectancy of  83 years and Japanese women 90 years.  Right after Japan comes Andora, a small country  in the  Pyrenees mountains. It is located between Spain and France. 

If you want to know the average life expectancy for women or for men in your country just click on  International Aging Longevity chart.

National life expectancy is one thing. But what of your personal life expectancy?

Some researchers have said your life span comes with your genes. If you come from long lived genetic stock, you are likely to have a long life. If not, you are likely to die early.  It is all in your genetic code.

Although there seems to be some truth in that, we all can think of examples where it did not apply.

Still as the study of genes and our personal genetic makeup has become more common, there are many scientists who search for what has been named the longevity gene.  (You can read about those studies at Finding the Longevity Gene

There are other studies

There are other studies that attempt to identify different sources of longevity.   Scientists recognize that your genes play a part. But they say that genetics is only about 20% of the cause of your individual life span. Some say diet and exercise are more important. Others, the level of stress you experience through life.  Supplement companies point to one or another supplement.  But the one factor that seems to favor a long life seems to be your attitude?

Attitude?

Yes, attitude.

In study after study, among the sick or the well, the one thing that seems to predict a long life is Dispositional Optimism.  Yes, you read that right. Adispositionally positive attitude seems to be the most common denominatior among those who live the longest.  And this is true when comparing persons with serious, life threatening illnesses. In study after study of persons with severe illness, those with what researchers call an 'optimistic outlook' outlast others in the group.  As well as when considering persons in good health.

Attitude is everything! You might have heard a professional coach say that to players.  You may have also heard it from a teacher.  But what is interesting is that it is also true when your goal is a long life.


To read more about Dispostional Optimisism, what it is.....how you can acquire it, go to Dispositional Optimisim and Longevity.

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