Peer-Reviewed Scientific Journal:
The Journals of Gerontology
Size of study:
38 centenarians, 97-108 years of age
Researchers compared healthy centenarians with those that had marked physical limitations. The healthy centenarians had significantly longer telomeres than the unhealthy group. This study suggests that it is just not age that should be taken into account in the understanding of extreme longevity with telomere length but also functional status as well.