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The Real Secret to Longevity May Be in Your Genes

The reason people live longer might be their ancestors.

Courtesy of Edu Carvalho and

My father was an internist in rural New York. He was obsessed with answering the question of why people live long lives. His conclusion was, “Pick your ancestors wisely.” On-line sources are bursting with supposed secrets to a long life. One recent post about a 103-year-old woman claimed her secret was eating one dark…



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David Mokotoff

David Mokotoff is a retired MD. Passionate about writing, reading, fishing, and food,