People unintentionally choose a partner with a similar life expectancy, a study claims

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People unintentionally choose a partner with a similar life expectancy, a study claims



FOR better or worse . . . people unwittingly tend to choose a partner with a similar life expectancy, a study claims.
Research suggests we select mates who will live as long as we do — which will delight many but be seen as a life sentence for others.
PA:Press Association Life partners are often inadvertently chosen with similar health risks, according to new research
Docs claim we unconsciously pick a partner who will share the same illnesses as us later in life, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
They examined data from the UK Biobank — a study of genes and lifestyle factors.
Experts say partners’ shared lifestyles, such as smoking or eating unhealthily, may lead to the same diseases later.
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This will ultimately mean similar life expectancies, such as the Queen, 92, and Prince Philip, 97.
Prof Albert Tenesa, from Edinburgh University, said: “Our study suggests humans tend to select partners for behavioural or physical traits that are genetically related to disease and longevity.”
He called for more long-term studies of couples from the time they meet until they develop disease.
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