Researchers at Duke University plan on conducting a study on dozens of 100-year-old retirement living seniors in the area. The scientists aim to discover a common genetic link that explains why some people live to be centenarians, while others do not, according to the Salisbury Post.
"We've known for a long time that there is a strong genetic component to longevity," said Dr David Goldstein.
"What's not known are the specifics."
Goldstein and his team plan to sequence the retirement living seniors' genomes and study their genetic makeup. The proposal is currently awaiting approval from the review board at the university.
According to a report by Life Extension News, brothers of centenarians are 17 times more likely to live to be 100 years old than the general public. Sisters were found to be 8 times more likely.
Retirement living seniors should remember to eat healthy, maintain a physical fitness routine and have a yearly physical in order to make sure they live their life to the fullest.