Centenarians’ Extra Years Are Mostly Healthy Ones

senior manResearchers examined the health status of 3000 centenarians and near-centenarians, and found that exceptionally long lifespans are not necessarily associated with disease and disability.

Centenarians make up a very small proportion of the population but their numbers have been growing.

The researchers found that the centenarians tend to live the extra years in good health. Younger seniors had health problems like cancer, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and stroke.

The study therefore contradicts the notion that centenarians are a greater burden to society in terms of medical needs.

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