Looks like I may be a bit too serious in my anti-aging effort. This article has lots of interesting facts about centennarians, one of which is how many of them smoked and/or drank! I guess I shouldn't be too surprised: the Tarahumara reportedly are party animals and pretty stout drinkers. Maybe I need to lighten up a little.
No, I think they have superpowers based on this!https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Research_into_centenarians
"Many centenarians manage to avoid chronic diseases even after indulging in a lifetime of serious health risks. For example, many people in the New England Centenarian Study experienced a century free of cancer or heart disease despite smoking as many as 60 cigarettes a day for 50 years. The same applies to people from Okinawa in Japan, where around half of supercentenarians had a history of smoking and one-third were regular alcohol drinkers
. It is possible that these people may have had genes that protected them from the dangers of carcinogens or the random mutations that crop up naturally when cells divide.
Similarly, centenarian research carried out at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that the individuals studied had less than sterling health habits. As a group, for example, they were more obese, more sedentary and exercised less than other, younger cohorts
. The researchers also discovered three uncommon genotype similarities among the centenarians: one gene that causes HDL cholesterol to be at levels two- to three-fold higher than average
; another gene that results in a mildly underactive thyroid
; and a functional mutation in the human growth hormone axis
that may be a safeguard from aging-associated diseases.
It is well known that the children of parents who have a long life are also likely to reach a healthy age, but it is not known why, although the inherited genes are probably important. A variation in the gene FOXO3A is known to have a positive effect on the life expectancy of humans, and is found much more often in people living to 100 and beyond
- moreover, this appears to be true worldwide.