Study explores how some men avoid age-related diseases and achieve centenarian status

The largest study of ageing men in the southern hemisphere is exploring why some men have achieved centenarian status and how they have managed to avoid age-related diseases.

The Health in Men Study is a long-term study by The University of Western Australia’s Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing, following the health of more than 12,000 Western Australian men as they age.

The findings have improved understanding of common diseases and health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity, and led to new information and changes in health practice.

This week, the study turns silver as it celebrates 25 years of discovery and will share its learnings at a lecture on ageing well.

The lecture, ‘What does a 25 year study of Perth teach us about ageing well?’ this Thursday 9 September will celebrate the discoveries made over the lifetime of the study and how to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes as men age.

For the first time, the study is exploring ‘extreme longevity’ in men that live to 100.

Lead Investigator and Director of the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing Professor Leon Flicker AO, said centenarians were now Australia's fastest-growing demographic.

To live to be 100 years old is a fantastic achievement. Australians are living longer and healthier lives. Over the past two decades, the number of people aged 85 years and over has increased by 117 per cent. This data has generated many meaningful health insights and provides the key information on how to live longer and healthier lives.”

Professor Leon Flicker AO, Lead Investigator and Director, Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing

Professor Flicker hoped the findings from this study help could develop a positive ageing strategy for future generations.

“Ageing well is the ‘new frontier’ in health. The concept is for people not only to live as long as possible, but also free from illness and engaged in life’s activities. It is something to which we are all looking forward,” he said.

The lecture will be held at the UWA Business School on Thursday 9 September at 6 pm.

RSVP at [email protected] or 08 9224 0295.


University of Western Australia

Posted in: Medical Research News | Medical Condition News

Tags: Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Diabetes, Obesity, Respiratory, Respiratory Disease

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