Science has found out that staying away form tobacco, and owning your own home by the time you’re 50 could be a big part of living to be 100.
In a study that has been going on for 50 years which checked links between lifestyle and lifespan in men, the researchers in Sweden discovered that there are a number of habits that seem to be common among those who lived for 100 or more years.
All the participants in the study were born in 1913 and were recruited in 1963. Of those who started the study only 10 reached their 100th birthday and they all had a number of things in common:
- None of them smoked,
- they stayed slim and fit,
- had good posture,
- low cholesterol,
- low blood pressure,
- they were involved in active work until they were at least 54,
- had never drunk more that 4 cups of coffee a day,
- had either owned their own home or rented an expensive property by age 50.
- having mothers that lived well into their 80’s or 90’s also helped (the longevity of their fathers didn’t seem to make a difference),
these men had not developed dementia and were still bright and active.
Many health experts believe that if we embrace all the available anti-aging interventions we would live far longer and better lives. But the real problem isn’t knowing what to do but is, instead, getting people to do what they need to do.
In another study run by Cardiff University in 1979, 2500 men were asked to follow five simple rules:
- eat well,
- work out,
- drink less alcohol,
- keep their weight doewn and
- never smoke.
Forty years later there were only 25 pensioners that had managed to fulfil these requirements and thyey were ALL far fitter and healthier than those who gave up.
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