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Live Long with CETP – the Longevity Gene >>

A new research on longevity suggests that rare variant of Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein (CETP) are linked to exceptional longevity. Research opines that people with this rare variant of CETP live exceptionally well.


What is CETP & how does it add to longevity?

CETP helps rising the level of good cholesterol (HDL) that enables people with this gene variant to lead a healthier life for a long time. It supports larger-than-usual HDL molecules. CETP is closely connected to cholesterol metabolism.


As per medical experts from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, people who have already exceeded 95 years tend to live longer if they have favorable levels of CETP


A research that began in early 1990’s at Albert Einstein College of Medicine covered a group of people who had lived above 90 years of age. It has been observed that this group of elderly people not just carry CETP variant but also have high levels of good cholesterol (HDL).  They don’t just live longer but they lead a healthier life.


Biological peculiarities of this group are stated below:

  • Sharper neurological function despite of old age
  • Rate of Heart Diseases is lower than normal
  • Rate of Stroke is lower than normal


Further researchers are trying to find out factors like diet, exercise, and ideal lifestyle changes that promote longevity and healthy life. They are also trying to figure out whether calorie cutting can have an impact on the average lifespan of human beings. This research is based on a research that propounds the fact that calorie cutting might have an impact on lifespan of animals.