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Healthy lifestyle may offset effects of life-shortening genes by more than 60%

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  • Individuals with life-shortening genes can extend their life with healthy habits, according to new research.
  • Researchers say people with unhealthy lifestyles and genetic predispositions are twice as likely to die as those who have good habits and genes.
  • They say not smoking, physical activity, sleep, and diet are the lifestyle factors with the greatest impact on longevity.

People who adopt healthy lifestyle habits can significantly offset their genetic risk for premature death, according to a new study published in the journal BMJ Evidence Based Medicine. Healthy lifestyle may offset life-shortening genes, improve longevity (

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