New research reveals common lifestyle factors among centenarians, reports Yahoo:

“Longevity is the goal for many people, but the secret to living a longer, healthier life isn’t always obvious. Life expectancy in the U.S. is currently 77.5 years for men and women, although plenty of people live much longer than that.

“Now, new research is breaking down the common traits of people who live to be 100 or older, aka centenarians. For the study, which was published in JAMA Network Open, researchers analyzed data from 5,222 people who participated in the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey, targeting one of the largest groups of people who are aged 80 and up.

“Each study participant was given a healthy lifestyle score that looked into factors like smoking history, exercise and diet, with higher scores out of 100 suggesting that someone would likely have better health outcomes. After five years, the researchers found that people with the highest healthy lifestyle scores were 61% more likely to live to age 100 or more compared to those with the lowest scores. But there were also other factors that indicated someone was more likely to become a centenarian.

“While people have studied longevity before, this study focused on what study co-author Dr. Xiang Gao, dean of the Institute of Nutrition at Fudan University, calls the ‘oldest old population,’ or people 80 and up.”

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