There’s a great club in town – want to win a membership? To earn the longevity status of a centenarian, you must reach 100 years of age. According to the World Economic Forum, by 2021 there were more than 500,000 people worldwide aged over 100. That’s a pretty exclusive status and we’re here to share some healthy habits to live to 100 and beyond.
The World Economic Forum reveals that there are approximately 97,000 centenarians living in the United States alone, with the country home to the most centenarians on the planet. Japan is home to the 2nd largest number of centenarians, with 79,000 centenarians (0.06% of the population). The “oldest living person”, Kane Tanaka, lived to be 119 years old and lived in Japan. After Tanaka’s death in April 2022, 118-year-old Lucille Randon, also known as Sister Andre, a nun from France, took over the title of the world’s oldest person, which was confirmed by Guinness World Records.
The United Nations predicts that the total number of centenarians in the world will increase to 573,000 this year. Life expectancy in many countries has increased. Some of the other countries with large numbers of centenarians include Hong Kong, Uruguay and Puerto Rico.
Without further ado, if you want to achieve centenarian status, let’s get into the healthy habits to live to 100. Keep reading to learn more.
The key to a long life is to live healthy. After all, what good is longevity if you can’t enjoy it? Of course, diet and exercise are huge when it comes to maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle. But that’s only part of it. Get some inspiration from Sister Andre. She enjoys a glass of red wine every day, which David Tavella, operations manager at the nursing home where Sister Andre lives, reveals is “perhaps her secret to longevity” (via Well+Good ). Another of Sister Andre’s favorite treats? Chocolate!
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A study conducted at Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine and published in International Journal of Environmental and Public Health Research reveals that people who live in highly walkable areas with a good mix of ages may have a better chance of reaching 100. Rajan Bhardwaj, study author and a WSU medical student, explains, “Our study adds to the growing no. evidence that social and environmental factors contribute significantly to longevity.”
UnitedHealthCare interviewed 100 centenarians with a variety of questions about their health and general lifestyle habits. The centenarians surveyed said that staying positive is a crucial part of living long. The results show that maintaining a positive attitude is one of the healthiest habits for living to 100 and beyond.
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Nuts are healthy to eat – especially peanuts! According to a Vanderbilt University study, nuts are associated with a lower risk of death (via Men’s magazine). An older study conducted by Harvard followed 119,000 medical professionals over a 30-year period. It found that people who consumed about a handful of nuts each day had a 29% lower chance of developing heart disease and a 20% lower risk of death.
New research conducted by the National Cancer Institute and published in the journal JAMA Network Open shows that you can live longer if you add leisure activities to your routine (via CNN). By choosing something you enjoy doing, whether it might be tennis, pickleball, swimming or running, leisurely fitness appears to reduce the chance of early mortality, in addition to death from cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Scientists reviewed the responses of more than 272,000 individuals aged 59 to 82 who were followed for 12 years or more as part of a Health and Diet Study. The study showed that a combination of aerobic activities performed for the recommended amount of time each week (2.5 to 5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise or 1.25 to 2.5 hours of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise per week) resulted in a 13% reduced risk of mortality.
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