A new study conducted by Oxford University has revealed that one is expected to live longer if they come from a family who has lived long lives. The study also found that seven conditions were significantly less common for siblings in a long-lived family, than for similarly aged controls i.e. Alzheimer's, hip fracture, diabetes, depression, prostate cancer, heart failure, and chronic kidney disease.
The significantly lower risk for Alzheimer's, diabetes, and heart failure was shared by spouses, offspring and offspring spouses of these long-lived families. The study found that both genetic and environmental factors appear to be in play and since most of the offspring generation are not yet seventy-five, it will be fascinating to see whether this early evidence for a health advantage in both genetic and marital relatives of long-lived families strengthens as the cohort ages.
The study will be published in 'The Journals of Gerontology'.