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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Forget science (for now); living longer is in your hands

Thought Leader: Sanjay Gupta
July 27, 2018
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By Dr. Sanjay Gupta (original source CNN) 

“Ever wonder how much of your longevity is determined by your genes vs. your lifestyle? It has been a scientific debate for years that has even set off an arms race among genetic testing kits and fitness monitors.

Since I finished medical school 25 years ago, the scientific view of which best determines longevity has fluctuated. In the mid-1990s, most of the attention was on lifestyle changes: eating the right foods, getting the necessary amount of exercise and not smoking.

A decade later, after we mapped the human genome and began identifying longevity genes, my professors increasingly focused their attention on the family tree and our DNA. At the time, they believed that if your parents or grandparents had lived a long life, you were likely to do the same.”

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