The secret to reaching a ripe old age? Nope, it’s not all up to your genes, finds a new study. Researchers looked at seniors and centenarians who live in Loma Linda, California—an area where people tend to live healthier and longer than the average American.
Even though many of the seniors had experienced hardships during childhood (because they grew up during the Depression or WWII or in regions with violence), eight key habits they established at a young age and continued to practice throughout life helped them be resilient.
“As we grow older, our bodies experience a natural increase in inflammation,” explains study author Rhonda Spencer-Hwang, Dr.P.H., associate professor at the Center for Community Resilience at Loma Linda University School of Public Health. “But we found that each of these lifelong habits either directly or indirectly reduced two types of proteins in the body that are linked to chronic disease and a shorter life span.”
You can help your child live a long and healthy life of resiliency by instilling the same big-picture practices into your fam’s routine. You never know, she might just ring in the year 2118!
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