01.27.2019

How likely are you live to 90? Depends on your gender and body size

How likely are you live to 90? Depends on your gender and body size

Living to the ripe old age of 90 may depend on your body size -- both height and weight -- as well as your level of physical activity, and seems to influence a woman's lifespan more than it does a man's, according to a new study published Monday in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, a BMJ journal.

The study found women who lived to 90 were, on average, taller and had put on less weight since the age of 20 as compared to women who were shorter and heavier. No such association was seen for men. However, men saw more benefit from physical activity than women.
 
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