Editorial: Though our individual genes greatly affect one’s unique lifespan, proper health practices play an appreciable role, too.
So what makes these long-living adults special? While researchers found that people who reach 100 years of age do get age-related diseases, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, hypertension and Alzheimer’s, they tend to manage these diseases much better than others. In other words, they find a way to live with these illnesses, rather than die from them. “[Centenarians] compress their disability toward the end of their lives because they handle those diseases a lot better than other people who’ve died from them,” Perls said.