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The key to female longevity is in the genes

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Across countries and species, females live longer than males. It’s true in Canada, where a lifespan of just over 83 years gives the average woman a full four-year advantage over the average man. It’s also true in Barbados, Cyprus and Malaysia, as well as for some lizards and most primates.

Women who live to 100 are a hot scientific commodity, since understanding their healthy longevity could unlock the fountain of youth for everyone. The newest explanations for their long lives supports what doctors already believed – cardio, carbs and cigarettes aside, the easiest way to live a long life is to be born with the right genes.

Read the full story here: The key to female longevity? It’s in the genes, study claims

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