There would probably be very few people who would not prefer to live up to 100 if they had a say in it. Since ancient times, people have sought for immortality, but at this day and age, we know that this is too much to ask for. 100 is a realistic age—there are many people who have managed to live up to 100’s but not so many that it can be taken in stride. So what are the secrets of living up to 100s?
There have been many studies on the lifestyle habits of people, families and communities that live up to a century. The medical experts all agree on these findings:
Heredity – One of the most powerful factors for living long is bestowed upon us by chance: our family. If you belong to a family that lives up to ripe old ages, chances are you will enjoy a long life too, bar accidents. Centenarians are said to owe their long life 80% to genetics and 20% to environment. Experts have also suggested that there is a certain protein present in centenarians that seem to protect them from Alzheimer’s and diabetes.
Make the right living habits—this involves eating the right kinds of food, avoiding smoking and drinking moderately over your lifetime. It also involves avoiding obesity. These factors are controllable factors that when done right can spell the difference between dying early and living up to 100.
Exercise regularly – exercise is said to be the closest we can come to a miracle cure. Exercise can protect our body from many diseases including osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. The exercise we do when we are younger will determine how strong our body will be in its advanced age, and it also does wonders for our psyche too. In an experiment that put a control group in a six month weight training regimen found that the genes have been restored to their youthful levels after the experiment.
Keeping weight to normal – the mortality rate for obese people in their middle years is double that of people with normal weight. Obesity also increases the risk for contracting many diseases including type 2 diabetes, heart attacks, and strokes. Obesity is also a factor in having chronic conditions that can lead to life threatening illnesses such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and high triglyceride levels in the blood.
Stopping smoking—smoking is one of the nastiest habits anybody could ever take up. It is estimated that up to 10 years of somebody’s life is subtracted from smoking. Smoking increases the risk for developing type 2 diabetes and its complications, emphysema, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mouth cancer and many more. Smoking contains a large number of carcinogens and toxic chemicals that are simply bad for the health. Not only that, you are also endangering people around you too by passing on secondhand smoke.
Drinking wine moderately— Red wine in particular have been proven to help raise the levels of good cholesterols in the blood. People who drank small amount of wine 4 days a week have been found to get the best benefits (in terms of mortality rates) based on a study. It’s no wonder that people from the Mediterranean region who consume wine regularly have been found to live longer than most people.
Eat loads of fruits, vegetables and fish—By adopting a healthier diet composed mainly of vegetables and fruits including whole grains, nuts and beans, people can lower their blood cholesterol and fats which also balances the body. Remember that what you put in your body makes up your body, so keep the unhealthy foods out. Cut down on animal products, and as much as possible substitute red meats with fish, especially fatty fish that are high on omega-3 oils. Omega-3 is a strong antioxidant that helps protect the body’s cells.