BEACON TRANSCRIPT – According to a new study, people with parents aged 70 and higher are more likely to grow old and match their age than those whose parents died at a young age due to heart disease. However, there are ways for the latter to improve their life expectancy.
Luke Pilling co-author of the study and public health and epidemiology research fellow at Exeter University declared that for each parent that lives beyond the age of 70 there is a 20 percent lower chance that the patient will die from a heart disease.
More exactly, individuals with old parents have more chances of growing old themselves, their possibility of having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, vascular disease, and heart failure being significantly smaller than that of those with parents that died young due to heart-related disease.
However, the findings are not inviting the former to a marathon of eating fatty foods and renouncing any sort of physical exercise. On the contrary, it seems that people can manage their own health, their daily decisions contributing to their health status.
“Tough people with longer-lived parents are more likely to live longer themselves; there are lots of ways for those with shorter-lived parents to improve their health. People can really take their health into their own hands.”
According to Pilling, there is a connection between parents that reach old age and children that grow old to match their elderly status. However, he and his colleagues wanted to learn more about why some people in their 60s develop heart conditions, and others don’t.
In order to better analyze this phenomenon, the team tracked over 186,000 British individuals with ages between 55 and 73. The parents of all the participants were dead. The sample was put together between 2006 and 2010. Over the course of eight years, approximately 4,700 died.
What was surprising was the fact that the connection between parents growing old and their offspring following their lead was maintained even after the scientists adapted their study for variables such as education, weight, physical activity, and age.
Previous studies showed similar results. However, they were soon dismissed on account of the sample of analyzed individuals being too small.
There are some weaknesses in the cited study, as well. For example, the researchers stopped following the volunteers after they reached the age of 80.
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