Written by futurity.org Thursday, 30 May 2013 20:25
“Despite being likely to share the same environment and lifestyle in their married lives, spouses had no health benefit from their parents-in-law reaching a ripe old age.”
The children of parents who live to a ripe old age are more likely to live longer themselves and are 25 percent less likely to get cancer, research shows.
For a new study, scientists compared the children of long-lived parents to children whose parents survived to average ages for their generation.
“The unique detailed longitudinal data available in the HRS (Health and Retirement Study) allowed us to quantify the possible health benefits of having healthy and long-lived parents,” said Kenneth Langa, professor of internal medicine, gerontology, and health management and policy at the University of Michigan.
“The considerable benefits that we found in our study—both in terms of decreased cancer risk and longer lifespan—need to be followed up and confirmed in additional studies with more detailed genetic information so we can better pinpoint the potential links between healthy long-lived parents and their healthy long-lived kids.”
For the study, long-lived mothers were classified as those who survived past 91 years old, as compared to those who reached average age spans of 77 to 91 years. Long-lived fathers lived past 87 years old, compared with the average of 65 to 87 years.