Conard Genes

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If you want to live to a ripe old age with your health intact it helps to have good genes.

This is almost always a part of the discussion when my siblings and I talk about aging. Of course it is something we can’t take credit for but we still feel good about the fact that we have some pretty good genes.

My mother is 91 and is still relatively healthy and sound enough of mind that she knows that her memory is not reliable. All of her sisters lived to be in their 90’s. They all had Conard genes.

We recognize that our heredity is working in our favor. My sisters and I might be just a bit extra secure because the Conard women (my mom and her sisters) lived longer than the Conard men (my mom’s brothers).

So when we are congratulating Mom on her longevity and good health, we say she has Conard genes.

But the truth is that none of us seems to be as healthy as our mother. After all my siblings and I have Conard genes and Garrett genes. And the Garrett genes don’t seem to carry with them the longevity that Conard genes do.

And then there is the apparent disintegration of genes in general. Pollution, radiation, consumption of nonfood edible products and disease have waged a battle on a cellular level of the human genome in general and our Conard genes specifically.

But then with the exception of the nonfood edible products it is pretty much out of our hands anyway.

Still, if you want to live long and healthy try to have good genes.

[This is blog is one of ten in which I share what I believe to be key factors in aging well. The first in the series was Laugh Lots. I asked for funny birthday cards and donations to the Arkansas Valley Pregnancy Center, POB 249, La Junta CO 81050. There are rewards for generous donations of $25, $50, $70 and $100. See Laugh Lots for details.]


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