What Do Centenarians Have in Common?

A new study has investigated what may be unique about people who live to be 100 years old and beyond. The study’s authors were looking for differences in body function prior to extreme old age that might expand our understanding of aging and longevity. This makes it the first piece of research to compare blood biomarkers measured at earlier stages of life for people who eventually lived to be centenarians against others who did not.

Their findings indicate that centenarians, by and large, were likely to have lower levels of glucose, creatinine, and uric acid than other people. The median differences between centenarians and others were small, and centenarians rarely had values at either the low or high end of the healthy ranges, tending to remain in the middle ranges of measurement.

The researchers also found that eventual centenarians had settled into a metabolic profile by age 65, 35 years before reaching the century mark.

Excerpted from Medical News Today

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