Can We Live To Be 100?

Here are common characteristics of centenarians as reported in “The New England Centenarian Study” by the Boston University Medical Center:

Few centenarians are obese. In the case of men, they are nearly always lean.

Substantial smoking history is rare.

A preliminary study suggests that centenarians are better able to handle stress than the majority of people.

Thirty percent of subjects had no significant changes in their thinking abilities.

Alzheimer’s disease was not inevitable. Some centenarians had very healthy brains.

Many centenarian women have a history of bearing children after the age of 35 years and even 40 years.

A woman who naturally has a child after the age of 40 has a four times greater chance of living to 100 compared to women who do not.

At least 50 percent of centenarians have first-degree relatives and/or grandparents
who also achieve very old age, and many have exceptionally old siblings.

Many of the children of centenarians (age range of 65 to 82 years) appear to be following in their parents’ footsteps with marked delays in cardiovascular disease, diabetes and overall mortality.

Exceptional longevity runs strongly in families.

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