Ron Put Posted May 1, 2021 Report Share Posted May 1, 2021 I came across an interesting study, discussing, among other things, BMI:Assessment of the Health Status of Centenarians in the South of China: A Cross‐Sectional Study "The average age of the centenarians (85.0% female, 15.0% male) was 102. Average height was 146.7 ± 0.5 cm, average weight was 36.0 ± 0.4 kg, and average BMI was 16.7 ± 0.1 kg/m2. Only two of 271 centenarians for whom information was available were overweight, and none were obese. Alanine aminotransferase, total protein, albumin, globin, blood urine nitrogen, creatinine, and uric acid levels were all in normal physiological ranges. Levels of the important risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, blood glucose (101.0 ± 1.6 mg/dL), triglyceride (114.2 ± 3.5 mg/dL), and total cholesterol (180.6 ± 2.3 mg/dL) were significantly lower than those of the general older population (116.1 ± 0.9 mg/dL, 151.4 ± 2.7 mg/dL, and 222.3 ± 1.2 mg/dL, respectively) from the same province.7 These results were in good agreement with results of a previous study.9 Moreover, the prevalence of T2DM (16.9%), HTG (6.5%), and HP (52.9%) was lower in the centenarians than Chinese national levels (25.0%, 12.9%, and 66.9%, respectively). In addition, only four of 349 centenarians for whom information was available had benign tumors (hemangioma or melanoma). It seems that the incidence of age‐related diseases is delayed or reduced in centenarians. This relatively healthy status of centenarians suggests that they can serve as a good model for a healthy aging study. Additional evidence comes from the observation that more than 90% of the centenarians were cognitively normal...." BMI of 16.1.... And half of them had no teeth. (I wonder how age was verified, but that's a different topic.) On the subject of low BMI and longevity, here is a grab from search results, as I cannot find the actual text that includes this information: BMI is again on the low end for Italiaans and Japanese, while higher for Northern Europeans and Americans. On the other hand, one has to keep in mind the fact that Northern Europeans and Americans have fewer centenarians per capita than the Italians or the Japanese despite generally better access to advanced medical care, and BMI may be a factor. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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