Longevity is in the genes, not the lifestyle, study suggests

GENETICS rather than lifestyle are what matters most when it comes to living a particularly long life, a study suggests.

US researchers surveyed 477 Ashkenazi Jews who were living independently at age 95 or older, and asked them about their lifestyles at age 70 years.

They found those with longevity did not have healthier habits than a control group of 3164 people representative of the US population born in the same era whose data was collected in the 1970s.

An equal number, 27%, of the elderly Jewish women and of female controls said they attempted to