It has long been suspected that longevity runs in the family. People whose parents enjoyed a long life, living well beyond their 80th birthday, seem to have better heart health than those whose parents did not live as long.
These findings arise from the Framingham Heart Study, a multigenerational study that began in 1948 among the residents of the town of Framingham, Massachusetts. Among the 1,697 children of those who participated in the study, 188 had both parents live well above the age of 85, 804 had one parent survive passed this age, and the remaining 704 children had neither parent live this long.
The researchers observed that the presence and progression over twelve years of many risk factors for heart disease like hypertension, was lower among the offsprings whose parents had lived into very old age, compared with those whose parents did not enjoy such longevity.
We already knew that family history played an important role in longevity and these results provide additional proof.
The head researchers in this study believe that a better understanding of the genetics of cardiovascular risk factors and longevity could eventually lead to progress in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. It is a topic worth following!