Planning for Retirement: Life Expectancy

S.F. Ehrlich Associates |

June 30, 2019

While a study involving Google and the DNA website,, notes that our DNA may not play as big a role in our life expectancy as we all assume, a subsequent study published in the journal, Circulation, highlighted how we can take responsibility to increase our lifespan. 

As noted in Businessinsider.com1, the study noted “five lifestyle factors that appear to be linked with a significantly longer lifespan:”

  • Do at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise every day.
  • Eat a Mediterranean diet.
  • Never smoke.
  • Stick to a healthy body weight.
  • Drink no more than 1-2 alcoholic beverages a day.

In addition, “scientists have uncovered a handful of personality traits that also appear to be linked” to longer lives.

  • Conscientiousness, or being less likely to take risks but more likely to be thorough and efficient.
  • Openness, or being willing to lend an ear to new and different ideas and concepts.
  • Emotional stability.
  • Friendliness.
  • Being able to openly express one’s feelings.

“Taken together, the findings suggest that how long we live may be less a matter of what we’re born with than the circumstances in which we live and the choices that we make.”





1 Brodwin, Erin. “Google's Life-Extension Spinoff Teamed up with Ancestry to Study 54 Million Family Trees.”, 10 Nov. 2018.
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