Healthy habits can help you live longer, despite genetics

Darla Carter
USA Today

When she was born 100 years ago, the Titanic had yet to sink.

Beierle, who’s mentally sharp and lives on her own, suspects that she’s still around because of “good living,” which she describes as no smoking or drinking, and good luck.

“I can’t complain,” she said, shortly after her birthday earlier this month. “I haven’t had anything serious (the) matter with me.”

Some people live long because they’ve essentially won the genetic lottery, said Brian Kennedy, an expert on aging who also happens to be Beierle’s grandson.

“They chose the right parents,” said Kennedy, president and chief executive officer of the California-based Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

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