It’s official: People are living longer than ever before. In fact, the number of centenarians on the planet is estimated to rise from 500,000 in 2015 to roughly 3.7 million by 2050, according to the Pew Research Center. But what sets these people apart from the rest of us?
We know that longevity is influenced by a wide range of factors, many of which are not in our control. For example, the length of your life is partially determined by genetic factors, including genes that influence things like inflammation and immunity. However, studies have shown that genes typically only make up 20%-35% of the pie chart that determines how we age.
A range of other, more controllable, elements and lifestyle choices play into longevity—and some of them may surprise you. Here are three unexpected factors that play a part in how long we live, according to recent research.
Excerpted from MD Linx