Healthy aging and bunion development may be a matter of genetics

When it comes to the effects of aging, it's all in the genes. 

Healthy aging and bunion development may be a matter of genetics The podiatry community generally agrees that bunions are more common in older individuals, and that they are often the result of hereditary factors. 

A new study conducted at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University adds weight to this theory, as researchers found that longevity may be the result of genetics, rather than lifestyle habits like physical exercise and diet.

"This study suggests that centenarians may possess additional longevity genes that help to buffer them against the harmful effects of an unhealthy lifestyle," said senior author Nir Barzilai, M.D.

A team of scientists reviewed the health and lifestyle data of 477 Ashkenazi Jews, a population that they noted tends to be more genetically uniform, who were between 95 and 112 years old. They found that the study group had similar eating, exercise and alcohol consumption habits when compared to the general population.

Results of this study suggest that you may be able to predict a lot about the future by looking at family elders.

For example, if mom or grandmother have bunions, it may be time to invest in bunion splints or orthotics, which have been shown to prevent or correct bunions without the need for bunion surgery

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