In this issue, Terry et al1 report on the findings of a comparison of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors among Framingham Heart Study offspring participants with and without parents who survived to 85 years or older. They also found that the incidence and progression of these risk factors during 12 years of follow-up is reduced among these offspring. The prevalence findings mirror in a community-based study what others2 have found in more selected groups: the children of parents who live exceptionally long lives have a reduced prevalence of CVD risk factors starting as soon as early mid-life.
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