Want to Live to Be a Centenarian?

A centenarian is someone who lives to be 100 or more years old. Be among the centenarians by increasing your odds to a long life. There has been a 44 percent increase in centenarians just since the year 2000, according to a recent British study. What to do to increase your chances? Follow these simple suggestions:

(1) The findings are powerful, that feeling older than you are is linked to a 41 percent increased risk of dying. So, practice feeling three or more years younger than your real age if you want to become a centenarian.

(2) Eat a plant-based diet and love those fruits and veggies. Living proof exists from older Okinawans who chose a plant-based diet most of their lives and can boast of one of the highest centenarian ratios.

(3) Increase longevity with optimism and joyfulness while being adaptable and flexible to help avoid stress and anxiety. These results come from a 2012 study printed in the journal Aging and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

(4) Eat a lot of fish which is packed with omega-3s, instead of fish oil supplements.

(5) New Harvard research reveals that those who closely followed the Mediterranean diet had the least cellular aging. Reference – besides fruits and veggies, olive oil, legumes, nuts and whole grains are linked with long life.

(6) Take an afternoon nap and prevent the heart disease that claims those who stay awake all day, according to Harvard researchers.

(7) Professor Jeremy Walston, MD, of geriatric medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, claims that people who remain active throughout their life span, whether that’s running, walking, or riding bikes, live longer.

(8) A new study in Psychological Science found that people who feel they have a sense of purpose in life are less likely to die early. Suggestions include making new friends, picking up a new hobby or volunteering.

(9) Watch your waist size and trim it down, even a few inches for a powerful health benefit. It can have a significant impact on life expectancy.

(10) Isolation can lead to chronic illnesses whereas feeling connected to family and friends can facilitate healthy aging. Read more in Readers Digest, July/Aug 2016.


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