Longevity Odds

by Lois Etienne on July 27, 2011

in Grandmothers,Senior Health and Safety

A study appearing in an issue of the Journal of American Geriatrics Society says centenarian offspring retain important cardiovascular advantages from their parents compared to a similarly-aged group. In other words, if your grandmother lived to be 100, the odds are in your favor for a long life also.

The findings show that centenarian offspring have a 78 percent lower risk for heart attacks, 83 percent lower likelihood of stroke and an 86 percent lower risk of developing diabetes. So there is evidence that there may be physiological and genetic reasons that longevity runs in families.

For people born in 1899, the odds of living to 100 were 400 to 1. However, for people born in 1980, the odds improved substantially to 87 to 1.

Based on 1996 statistics, women who live until age 65 can, on average, expect to live to age 84. Those who live to age 85 can expect to live to age 92.

Nearly 75% of all deaths in the United States are deaths of elderly people. For many decades, heart disease, cancer, and stroke have been the leading causes of death among the elderly, accounting for 70% of all deaths in this age group.

In the US, over 2 million people die every year with over half a million dying from heart disease and another half a million from cancer.

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