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Letters Survival after age 75

Will lifestyle changes in later life improve survival?

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 17 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6897
  1. Frouke M Engelaer, PhD candidate1,
  2. David van Bodegom, assistant professor of medicine at Leiden University Medical Centre1,
  3. Rudi G J Westendorp, director, VITALITY! programme at Medical Delta1
  1. 1Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, 2333 AA Leiden, Netherlands
  1. engelaer{at}

Rizzo and colleagues’ study on the determinants of survival in old age suggests that we should actively approach elderly people and convince them to stop smoking and drinking alcohol, keep on weight, and intermingle with others.1 It shows that lifestyle factors are …

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