Friday, August 05, 2011
Oldsters not all saints
They did a study---but of course, they did. People who live to 95 or older are not more virtuous than the rest of us about diet, exercise, smoking and drinking.
I should tell Mom’s doctor—he keeps chirping, “They don’t make them like that anymore.” My sister and I, meanwhile, are limping around taking care of her.
Mom was pretty virtuous…would not eat meat (“Bacon is NOT meat!”). She liked her Manhattans but settled for wine later on. She is 94 almost and we have the restaurants mix half wine/half water so she won’t fall.
She probably wonders why wine got so weak.
So this study—it appears in the J of the American Geriatrics Society and credits protective longevity genes for much of long life.
The subjects were a cohesive group..Ashkenazi Jews. They compared them with people of like age.
The long-lived did not have healthier habits, but did seem to have genes that gave them higher good cholesterol, or HDL.
Of course, the docs immediately chimed in that this does not mean you can eat and drink and be fat.
They asked the oldsters why they thought they had lived so long. Almost a fifth said they had a positive attitude.
I am doomed. Bye.