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A 47-year-old member asked:

Is longevity influenced more by lifestyle or by genetics?

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Dr. Steven Charlap
Holistic Medicine 38 years experience
Environment : Environmental factors such as lifestyle and exposures are about 60% of the result, genetics about up to 30%, and doctors account for about 10% based on identical twin and other longevity studies.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do lifestyle and genetics determine longevity?

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Dr. Mary Ann Block
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33 years experience
Both important: If your family lived a long, healthy life you have a good chance of doing so as well. However, if your lifestyle includes things like smoking, drinking too much, obesity and stress, the benefit of having good genes could be eliminated. The opposite is try too. A healthy lifestyle can help offset poor genes.

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