Just came across this news coverage of our recent study by The Republic
and Scripps Howard News Service:
reveals secrets to longer, healthier life"
The Republic - Scripps Howard
- July 11, 2012
are some excerpts:
University of Chicago, husband-and-wife researchers Leonid Gavrilov and Natalia
Gavrilova looked at records for nearly 1,600 Americans born between 1880 and
1895 who achieved age 100, as well as more than 10,000 shorter-lived siblings
and more than 1,000 spouses.
They found that those born in the fall,
September through November, had 40 percent higher odds of reaching the century
mark than did those born in March. The researchers wrote online in the Journal of Aging
Research in November that three factors were probably most important for
babies born before 1900: mild temperatures in the first months of life; a
seasonal lull in cycles of infectious diseases; and better maternal nutrition
being available during the harvest season.
All three factors helped avoid
a buildup of damage to the infants' systems early in life, the researchers
argue, and support the theory that "early life programming" helps determine the
course of aging and longevity."
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