A good diet and lifestyle could help your children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren live longer, says a new research.
Researchers at Stanford University in California found that altering three types of proteins can affect longevity.
By blocking or modifying them in roundworms, which have the same proteins as humans, lifespan was affected in the worm itself and in up to three generations of descendants, increasing their life expectancy by 30 percent and after the third generation the great-grandchildren's lifespan tended to return to normal.
The genes of the subjects were not affected and in subsequent generations a longer life was inherited but their levels of the three proteins remained normal.This is very important, as what we do can affect the next generation," the Daily Mail quoted Anne Brunet, associate professor of genetics at Stanford as saying.
"We do not know how yet but it could be diet, pollution, smoking, all sorts of medications, exposure to radiation and stress.
"Our bodies could have a memory of the lifestyles of our ancestors.This shows that longevity can be inherited in a non-genetic way over several generations and that is very exciting," she said.