Children of long-lived parents have fewer heart risks

The Boston Globe reports that middle-aged children who had at least one parent who lived to age 85 were less likely to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease than people whose parents died younger.

Other research has connected longevity to heredity, but this multigenerational study showed that having fewer risk factors for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in Americans, was an advantage that lasted. The Framingham Heart Study has followed generations of residents since 1948 to study cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. This latest analysis included 5,124 people who were examined every 4 to 8 years from 1971 to the present.

“If you weren’t lucky enough to choose your parents, this study shows how some of destiny is determined by risk factors we already know about and know to be modifiable,” study co-author Dr. Daniel Levy.  “We know that if we eliminate high blood pressure, eliminate high cholesterol and then cigarette smoking, we would eradicate the overwhelming majority of cardiovascular disease in the Untied States.”

But don’t lose hope if your parents died young — you still can lower those risks yourself, the study says.

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One Response to “Children of long-lived parents have fewer heart risks”

  1. nanatech Says:

    nothing new in this article. always did know that you are how you are

    born. true, medical knowledge will help in getting us to old age, but

    truth is, heredity and genes count more.

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