Active Personality Traits Equate To Longer Life

A gene variant associated with being a physically and mentally active individual seems to also be linked with living a longer life!

Scientists found that the dopamine receptor gene DRD4 7R allele appeared in significantly high rates in people aged 90 years old or more. Those who carry this gene are generally more motivated to pursue physical, intellectual and social activities.

This study supports the well documented theory that the more involved in physical and social activity a person is, the more likely it is that they will live a longer, healthier life.


Grady DL, Thanos PK, Corrada MM, Barnett JC, Giobanu V, Shustarovich D, Napoli A, Moyzis AG, Grandy D, Rubinstein M, Wang GJ, Kawas CH, Chen C, Dong Q, Wang E, Volkow ND, Moyzis RK, DRD4 Genotype Predicts Longevity In Humans, Journal of Neuroscience, 2013, 33(1).

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Job Role Sports Nutritionist and Social Media Coordinator Qualifications Bsc Sport and Exercise Science Steph has a competitive athletic background which spans 19 years. As a child she performed with the English Youth Ballet and had performed on the West End stage by the age of 10. Her enthusiasm for sport and fitness continued to grow as she did, encouraging her to learn more about nutrition and training. She began using her knowledge and personal experience to help others when she began coaching at the age of 16. From here, she went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Essex during which time she also received the Most Promising Newcomer Award from her University to mark her outstanding contribution to sport. During her first year of study she was introduced to partner stunt acrobatics and artistic gymnastics. After one year of dedicating herself to a lifestyle revolving around her sport, she was training with the best team in the UK who are currently ranked fifth in the world. Steph has worked in both the private and public sector coaching children and adults from grassroot to elite level as well as providing them with cutting edge advice on how to reach their goals. Steph has received awards for her choreography and has competed nationally and internationally meaning that she can back up her scientific knowledge with a wealth of experience. As our resident Sports Nutritionist, Steph is here to provide the most current and evidence based fitness, health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
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