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Choices in middle age do result in healthy aging

For an analysis of data from the Whitehall II study, “successful aging” was defined as maintaining the ability to function well with good mobility, cognitive skills, respiratory function and mental health, and no chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, stroke or disability at age 60 years or older. “Normal aging” meant people who had chronic disease and/or lower scores on functioning and mental health.

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