Scripps: Wellderly Study Suggests Link Between Genes that Protect Brain Health and Overall Healthy Aging

Scripps: Wellderly Study Suggests Link Between Genes that Protect Brain Health and Overall Healthy Aging

Scripps: Wellderly Study Suggests Link Between Genes that Protect Brain Health and Overall Healthy Aging

An eight-year-long accrual and analysis of the whole genome sequences of healthy elderly people, or “Wellderly,” has revealed a higher-than-normal presence of genetic variants offering protection from cognitive decline, researchers from the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) reported in the journal Cell.

The initial findings from the Wellderly Study suggest a possible link between long-term cognitive health and protection from chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes, which account for 90 percent of all deaths in the United States and other industrialized nations and more than 75 percent of health care costs.

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