A new study released by the American Geriatrics Society discovered a gene or what some scientist deems to call,”super agers”. This study indicates that people who live over the age of 95 tend to have a healthier lifestyle than other people who passed away at an earlier age.
People who have made it to the age of 95 and over have a gene that is associated with a higher level of HDL, which is the good type of cholesterol. It has also been found that they also have genes that protect against Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular diseases. It’s hard to believe that a healthy lifestyle is not attributed to the strength and longevity of this gene.
The proof is in a 104 year old great grandmother named Dorrie Aber-Noyek who has been a volunteer for 37 years at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood Florida.
Aber-Noyek who recently turned 104 in February, eats a cookie (chocolate chip is her favorite) or a small piece of cake every day. She has slightly imperfect vision, hearing and slightly suffers from arthritis. When questioned about her secret to longevity she simply shrugs her shoulders and states that it is not her diet nor her physical activity that have caused her to live longer, while she does enjoys walking exercises has never worked out regularly or belonged to a gym.
In the study held by the American Geriatrics Society, Dr Barzilaj questioned 477 healthy Ashkenazi Jews between the ages of 95 and 112 about their lifestyles and habits when they were 70 years of age. More that 40 percent of those questioned claimed that they were overweight and or obese and 35% of them smoked and few exercised. Their habits were no different from people tested form general populations. So it all boils down to having the fight genes and in having the right attitude. Among those tested most senior citizens were active and had stronger ties to their community and were also less likely to be depressed.
“I’m enjoying life,” she says. “I love people. I’m very interested in them. I love to talk to them and ask them questions about themselves.”
Aber-Noyek when asked for a comment stated that, “I’m enjoying life; I love people and am very interested in them. I love to talk to them and question them about themselves.”