We now have a new demographic group, the Supercentenarians - people aged 110 or over - which did not exist in the 1970s or 80s.

It is estimated that there are about 60,000 centenarians in the U.S. with up to 70 supercentenarians. Researchers are saying that centenarians may possess genes that protect them from disease into old age.   By understanding the underlying biology of aging, it may be possible to develop drugs in the future that will promote healthy aging and delay age-related diseases such as some cancers, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.[1]

The race to find this drug is certainly on, and one Australian scientist, David Sinclair, Head of Havard Medical School Anti-aging Research Team believes he is well on his way in putting this drug on the market within five years.  For more details, watch the video in Sixty Minutes. [2]  I am looking forward to this drug and can't wait to get my hands on it.

The hypothesis is that longevity is partly due to luck (the genes in you) and to lifestyle.  While David Sinclair is working on the drug to twit the longevity genes, we can improve our betting chance through lifestyle.

What are the secrets of a Long and Healthy Life?

Gerontologists point to four key factors: diet, exercise, "psycho-spiritual" and social, so anyone aiming for a century should not underestimate the power of lifestyle. [3]

According to an article "Hearty at 100" in The Daily Camera [4], research has also confirmed that "the key to a long life is part luck (or genes) and part lifestyle."

Specifically, some of the advices from centinarians are:

1) Eat three meals a day

2) Forget the past. Always think of the future

3) Make new friends [or learn something new]

4) See the good in everybody you meet; love everybody, really

5) Manage stress well.  Do not dwell on things that you are able to let go.

6) Exercise 45 minutes a day or more

7) Drink a glass or two of wine a day

8) Have a cup of coffee per day

9) Stay thin in your younger years but not too thin in your older years

Work on your Second Half Life and enjoy it!

Sources:

[1] Barbara Juncosa, Is 100 the New 80?:Centenarians Studied to Find the Secret of Longevity, Scientic American, Oct 28 2008,

[2] Liam Bartlett, Forever Young, Sixty Minutes

[3] Life Begins at 100: Secrets of the Centenarians, Mind Power News.

[4] Lisa Marshall, Hearty at 100, The Daily Camera

Disclaimer: This posting is not meant to provide health advice and is for general information only. Always seek qualified health-care professional's assistance before embarking on any health program.


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