Shorter Men Live Longer

dopeyWhen I saw this brief video of 102 year old Cruz, I was impressed to see a fit man who looked like he was 60 or 70 years old. His secret?

In his own words, “be active, mentally, and physically”.  He also clearly has the happiness factor, seems to eat healthy (oatmeal and OJ and coffee every morning for the past 70 plus years) and he stays busy.  How many people do you know who “retire” and then in a year or two they are gone?

 

The other factors I suspect are:

1.   Good genetics (you can get your 23andme.com total genome and find out if you have longevity in your genetics). The FOXO3 gene is good.

2.   Being a non-smoker and eating healthy.

3.   We already know he stays active (exercise).

4.   Being short. 

 

Short stature is associated with longer life-span.  Yup there you have it.  Being tall is not all it’s cracked up to be.  In the study, “Shorter Men live longer: Association of Height with Longevity and FOXO3 genotype in American Men of Japanese Ancestry” they have followed 8,006 men since 1965, almost 50 years, with 1200 men living into their 90’s and 100’s and 250 of them still alive today. Being short is an advantage for longevity. 

Now if you are tall, not to worry. The risk factors you CAN control are much more significant than minor gene issues.  I just wanted one for the short people!

 You can watch the video of 102 year-old Cruz here…

 

Read the study here…

 

 

 

 

Dr. Paul

 

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