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The Grim Reaper does not care about the latest longevity study you saw on Facebook

If it sounds too good to be true, maybe it is.

happy old people

A generic stock photo of happy-looking old people that could be at the top of any story about longevity

Centenarians always want to tell you how much beer they drank. How many cigarettes they smoked. How often they ate bars of chocolate.

Similarly, headlines regularly belt out accolades for every study that purports to show a link between living past 90 and drinking/smoking/eating mac & cheese three times a day. You know the one—its an article that probably goes something like this:

There’s reason to celebrate if you love/hate [insert whatever habit the study looked at]. A new study suggests [doing or not doing

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