Blood Biomarkers for Centenarians

Interesting study on aging:

The Blood of Exceptionally Long-Lived People Reveals Crucial Differences : ScienceAlert

Centenarians, once considered rare, have become commonplace. Indeed, they are the fastest-growing demographic group of the world’s population, with numbers roughly doubling every ten years since the 1970s.

We found that, on the whole, those who made it to their hundredth birthday tended to have lower levels of glucose, creatinine and uric acid from their sixties onwards.

Although the median values didn’t differ significantly between centenarians and non-centenarians for most biomarkers, centenarians seldom displayed extremely high or low values.

For example, very few of the centenarians had a glucose level above 6.5 mmol/L earlier in life, or a creatinine level above 125 µmol/L.

For many of the biomarkers, both centenarians and non-centenarians had values outside of the range considered normal in clinical guidelines.

Keeping track of your kidney and liver values, as well as glucose and uric acid as you get older, is probably not a bad idea.

That said, chance probably plays a role at some point in reaching an exceptional age.

But the fact that differences in biomarkers could be observed a long time before death suggests that genes and lifestyle may also play a role.

If the cancer and dementia in my family history don’t take me out and civil/WWIII doesn’t make a negative contribution to my health I probably have a higher than average, but far from good, chance at reaching 100.


2 thoughts on “Blood Biomarkers for Centenarians

  1. Modern American diets are really horrible for your health. WAY to many synthetic and artificial things that are very inflammatory, etc. Seed oils, trans fats, dyes, stabilizers, refined carbs and carbs consumed w/o fiber (like HFCS), GMOs, etc. Getting exercise and sunshine every day, eating as much as you can from the “outside edge of the supermarket,” fasting for a couple of days from time to time, all contribute.

    But, at the end of the day, genetics play a major role. Both my parents made it into their 90s (92 and 98), and if I do my part I should be able to do the same. Upside is, “long life,” downside is “have to plan for a long retirement when the social safety net and economy are collapsing, with the GAE falling apart.”

    I’d expect the number of people making it to 100 will fall sharply in the next 20-30 years, because of the vax, collapsing social structures, and massive debts at all levels make supporting “non-productive” people unaffordable.

    • And if one knows how to read between the lines on police reports. Old people are being actively hunted.
      Being suicided or fell and hit their headed. (While everything they own disappears with their pain meds.)
      Ya, making it into your 100’s is not going to be easy. Now or in the future. And I sure as f–k ain’t counting on this generation to help me get there.
      I myself am looking forward to taking that long walk in my pajamas one cold stormy frozen night the mood suits me.

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