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First-Born Children May Live Longer Than Their Siblings

It's hard to flip through the news online these days and not stumble on interviews about people who live longer than a century. An interesting study by the University of Chicago has found people who make it that far usually have a number of factors on their side:

  • Women and men first born in large families were up to three times more likely to make it to 100. (Women currently make up some 85 percent of centenarians.)
  • Children born in October or November had longer lifespan projections than babies born from April to June.
  • First-born children were raised by parents who were relatively young.

Interestingly, researchers expect the number of centenarians to grow exponentially over the next 50 years from some 50,000 counted in the 2000 U.S. Census to about 800,000. Wouldn't you like to be part of that group? If you do -- and who wouldn't -- take steps to counter the age-accelerating damage that free radicals produce by eating whole foods, naturally chock full of antioxidants.

Other options at your disposal to maximize your health and lifespan:

San Francisco Chronicle October 30, 2005

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