Why some smokers outlive non-smokers

If you’ve grown up with a grandfather that was smoking well into his 70s and still lived to see 90, then you might feel at odds. Data shows that smoking tobacco reduces your life expectancy. There are other such narratives of daily smokers who lived past 100 and are even still alive to tell the story. It is not that they are overly fit and watch their diet; they do things that even without smoking scientists insist lead to poor health. What is the reason for this discrepancy?

Longevity gene

Research published called Series A: Biological Sciences & Medical Sciences reveals that such persons have genetic markers that make them well able to navigate and negate external forces that would otherwise cause damage. While one person will have ten fewer years to live than non-smokers, you will find that others are relatively unaffected by exposure to smoking. Their genes, as per the report published on Journals of Gerontology, can maintain and repair itself on a cellular level. That reduces the impact that smoking would otherwise have on the average person.

It is relatively rare

The research is based on data on 820 participants, 90 of whom were smokers and lived past the age of 80 years. The rest were shown to have lived to be less than 70 years of age. Of the former group, their health metrics show that they were similar to those of their age at the time in all facets. Those how died before seventy were in a lot worse shape than their peers. It doesn’t pick and choose; a birth injury lawyer might go on well into old age. Another, a nutritionist, might not be as lucky.

Equally, this was a small sample size, making the findings limiting. For those who are aware of a relative who lived long and was a smoker, for them it works to affirm the behavior perhaps. That should however not act as the reason to maintain a smoking habit; you are probably more not likely than likely to have inherited the same gene.

The future of smokers

Until there is extensive research, for now, one cannot tell if they carry the gene. There might come a time where companies might have the available technology where people can test their health risk based on genes. Remember, this longevity gene also helps such person evade other diseases, primarily those smoking cause.

In the meantime, it is agreed that smoking is at the top with one of the worst things to the body. Therefore, no one should tempt fate by using such data to think they may have won the gene lottery. Chewing, smoking or secondhand smoke is still known to do irreparable damage to the body.

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