How Far Can Good Habits & Genes Get You?:
If you want to live to 100, it’s Okinawa or bust, -sonny!
Scientists are on the trail to decoding what makes the oldest people such amazing survivors.
In studies like: The New England Centenarian Study, a Swedish Study on Twins in 1998 and others,
They are trying to separate the anecdotal from the real science,
Or better yet, use it to track down what is actually happening…
Living to 100 Involves At Least These Factors:
As the results of the Swedish Study suggest, 70-80% of the success factors hinge on the so-called behavioral-factors, like:
1) Quality of Diet
2) Calorie Intake
3) Physical Exercise
4) Consistent Mental Activity
5) Lack of Smoking, and
6) Maintaining Social Networks.
Many of the people referenced were still independent at 90 or above and roughly 1/3 had reached old age while retaining significant health in many facets of life.
These people are not necessarily your doddering grannies.
People Who Live To Be 100 Show Up In Odd Places:
Among the localities cited as extraordinary were Okinawa, Sardinia and Nova Scotia.
Sardinia was particularly interesting because it has a 1:1 ratio of female to male centenarians, compared with ~3:1 elsewhere.
Genetics weren’t completely ruled out as there were several American study participants who had prior health problems and less than stellar lifestyles.
However, this group of survivors seemed viewed as superhumanly blessed.
As much as was suggested about the power of new medicine to uncover the secrets in their genes, like sites on chromosomes 4 and 6,
More was suggested about the simpler lifestyles of yesteryear that keep these subjects alive and healthy. As one U Ga. scientist said, “I don’t have any fat centenarians.”
And on that note, based on how much the locations seemed to be extraordinary,
I would imagine the quality of their diet is just as extraordinary; -probably even Stellar compared to modern, westernized diets eaten by people in our big cities.
The centenarians probably get zero Omega 6 Oils whatsoever, for one guess…
-Interesting Quiz at the end with Attitude, Genes, Exercise, Interests, Nutrition and Smoking. All the variables you’d think would factor into being able to live to 100 years old.
“Old fashioned guy with Adidas”, by Giulio Grasso
“Kyoto Imperial Palace 4”, by Katherine De Vera
“Master”, by Jonathan Kos-Read
[Upd: Archive.org] Time-Live To 100