Study looks at longevity factors in women

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Life expectancy for women in this country is 80.2 years, according to the National Center for Health Statistics.

What is the key to one’s longevity? Is it family history or healthy behavior?

Researchers at the University of California San Diego tried to answer that question. They studied whether physical activity had an advantage over genetics in promoting longevity.  

From 2012 to 2020, they analyzed health data of more than 5,000 women, age 63 and older.

They found that higher levels of light to moderate or vigorous physical activity correlated with a lower risk of all-cause deaths.

The results persisted despite any genetic predisposition for longevity.

The study concluded that you can extend your lifespan by engaging in positive lifestyle behaviors like regular exercise and less sitting. This was true, even if you don’t have a family history of long lifespans.