Utah study uses records dating to the 1700s to identify family trees for fountain of youth

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  • Gary Horton Prescott, AZ
    Jan. 12, 2019 11:44 p.m.

    My grandparents all lived into their 80's and 90's. I have an aunt who is approaching age 94 next month and is healthy and sharp as can be. I'm in great health at age 71 (I truly feel more like age 60!). I expect to live past age 100, the good Lord willing! It also helps to maintain a positive attitude about life.

  • What in Tucket Provo, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 11:40 a.m.

    Dr. Caldwell Esselstyne of the Cleveland Clinic suggests most Americans die of degenerative diseases, heart attack and stroke close to half, cancers such as colon, breast, prostate, and many other diseases. In some countries heart disease is unheard of. Prostate cancer ten times more here than in countries eating more of a plant based diet. When the people start eating a lot of meat then they also get heart disease, etc. Latter-day Saints live a little longer 3-4 years as many follow the Word of Wisdom which is mainly plant based, and also a monthly fast seems very helpful as it reduces clogged arteries 40% according to a U of U study. As for exercise the latest in Medscape today is one should exercise 2 hours a week to avoid cognitive decline.

  • estebanborup Brunswick, GA
    Jan. 12, 2019 10:38 a.m.

    It's all a big crap shoot with many variables. There are countless examples of centenarians who have smoked, drank, and eaten poorly throughout mortality and still outlive those who carefully watch everything they consume. Lately, "experts" are saying that starving oneself (fasting?) prolongs life and inhibits disease, but who wants to suffer like that just to live a few more years?

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 9:53 a.m.

    So what age is the demarcation for being in the top 10%? I assume it changes over time as the average life expectancy increases from previous centuries, but if a large portion of your family lived past 80 would that qualify? Or what about age 90? A little more information and data would be nice to have included with all the generalities in the article. (In my Mother's family, all of her siblings but one are getting old and every one of them lost a spouse before any of them died. Is that a sign of longevity since we're talking survivors ages in the high 80's and low 90's?)

  • liberal larry Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 9:22 a.m.

    There has to be something about lifestyle that makes a huge difference!

    Look at the elderly billionaires who are still going strong into their late 80's and early 90's! Warren Buffet is 88 and still running Berkshire Hathaway, with his 95 year old buddy Charlie Munger! And Vanguard's Jack Bogle, who had his first heart attack at age 38, is still giving sage investment advice at 89!

    Good luck figuring this one out!

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Jan. 12, 2019 3:11 a.m.

    Science knows religious people live longer.

  • water rocket , 00
    Jan. 11, 2019 8:20 p.m.

    I don't know about heredity, but I firmly believe that how a child is raised (diet, life style, etc) greatly influences a person's health AND longevity. For example, a child raised with over eating, eating junk food, indulging in drugs, alcohol, and tobacco will live much shorter lives than those who are raised with healthy diets and few or none of the "indulgences" that plague our society. This also applies to those who are active vs those who "vegetate" in front of the one eyed monster.