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is longevity of life genetic?

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Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
Dermatology 19 years experience
Genes & Environment : The ability to live long and live a quality life is related to several factors. The most important one is the inherited makeup of your genes and how robust they are at repairing dna damage, oxidative cellular stress, & removing and replenishing damaged cells. The second is environmental both good & bad; healthy lifestyle (diet, sleep, exercise) & body abuse (stress, smoking, drugs, alcohol etc..).
Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 37 years experience
Genes are only 15-30% of the equation based on identical twin studies.
Sep 3, 2013

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