Longevity Gene

Longevity gene is defined differently around the world. Longevity means "long life". It has been shown that there isn't just "one" gene, but several (hundreds) of genes that control many factors of aging.

Some estimates are that there are up to 1,000 longevity genes. Researchers have found a region of a chromosome that they believe contains (some of) the genes responsible for longevity. There is a lot of genetic material that predisposes a very long life.

The human life span is largely determined by heredity. Within our code of genetic material, are instructions that specify the age which we cannot live past, even under the most condusive conditions. Many environmental factors (diet, stress, lifestyle) can contribute to diminishing that number.

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We can estimate how long each of us is going to live based on factors such as gender, family disease, current health, exercise frequency, weight, lifestyle, crime rate and nutrition.

In Third World countries, the human lifespan is on average between
35 - 60 years old.

In First World countries, the average human lifespan is 77 - 81 years old.

Human longevity has increased dramatically over the last century. This is mostly due to advancements in health care, medicine, nutrition, hygiene, lifestyle and technology.

We now live about twice as long as our relatives did 200 years ago.

Super-centenarians are people who have reached at least 110 years old. There are 1,000 people documented worldwide who have reached this age.

Since birth registration has become standardized in many countries, this number has gone up and it is easier to document.

Gene Studies:

  • A study with rats found that when they were given a restricted calorie diet, they lived longer. This was shown to be due to the increased life span of irreplaceable cells. High calorie intakes correlated to increased weight and therefore, higher instances of diabetes and heart disease. Caloric intake and superfoods can affect a person's longevity.
  • Another study found a gene variant that is associated with long life, also seems to contribute to improved mental function in old age (80 years and older). It is also related to less instances of dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
  • This same gene variant is linked with "good" and "bad" cholesterol. People with this specific protein run a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes because of their healthy cholesterol numbers.

10 Biomarkers of Aging That You Can Control & Alter

  1. Muscle Mass
  2. Strength
  3. Basal Metabolic Rate
  4. Body Fat Percentage
  5. Aerobic Capacity
  6. Blood Sugar Tolerance
  7. Cholesterol / HDL Ratio
  8. Blood Pressure
  9. Bone Density
  10. Ability to Regulate the Body's Internal Temperature

These findings have been documented with 14 years of independent longitudinal studies and independent athletics and performance studies.

These factors may play a role in how our longevity gene(s) reacts and thrives under different body circumstances.

Researchers are continually dissecting the human genome to see how we might be able to increase and better our lifespan.

The one thing we do know for sure is that your genes play quite a large role in whether you will stay young longer into your twilight years, or whether you will need some sort of intervention.

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