Scientists May Have Isolated The Secret To Staying Healthy Past Age 100

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Scientists May Have Isolated The Secret To Staying Healthy Past Age 100

Post Number:#1  Post by ofonorow » Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:35 am

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/staying-healthy-after-100_55c249e0e4b0138b0bf4bf18
In addition to low levels of inflammation, healthy centenarians and supercentenarians (people over 110 years old) also had longer telomeres, which are the caps on the end of DNA strands that protect the chromosomes from aging and poor health.

Telomere length has generally been thought to be the strongest predictor of how healthy someone will be in their old age. However, the researchers found that once a person reaches 100, inflammation levels rather than telomere length better predict successful aging and cognitive ability.
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