How to Live to Be 100

IMAGE Most Americans will live into their late seventies. But, an increasing number of people are reaching age 100 and beyond. In the US, there were over 55,000 centenarians, according to a report issued in April 2014. That number is expected to grow.How can you become a centenarian? One great way to start is to study people who have enjoyed exceptionally long lives. That is exactly what researchers at Boston University’s School of Medicine have been doing since 1994.These researchers have discovered many interesting findings that give clues as to what it takes to reach the grand age of 100 and beyond. Wondering if you share any traits with these centenarians? For each question that you can answer yes to, give yourself one point.

Are You a Woman?

The New England Centenarian Study has found that the majority of people age 100 and older are women. The bright spot for men is that those who do reach centenarian status are generally healthy and fit, since they have been able to avoid the kinds of diseases that usually affect older people. Researchers also found that woman who were able to have a baby naturally at age 40 or older were more likely to live to be beyond 100, possibly indicating that their bodies may age more slowly than others do.

Do You Have a Healthy Weight?

There is a lot of evidence that obesity is linked to serious and life-threatening health problems, like heart failure and stroke. Many people who live to be 100, especially men, are slim.

Are You a Non-smoker?

Smoking can also increase your risk of developing a range of diseases, like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and cancer. Not surprisingly, centenarians did not smoke or smoked very little in their lifetimes.

Do You Handle Stress Well?

Centenarians possess strategies for dealing with stressful events in a healthy way. Having good coping skills may add years to your life. Stress is linked to chronic health conditions like depression, anxiety, and high blood pressure.

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