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The longevity secrets of the world’s longest living

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What are the secrets of the world’s oldest people, and what can we learn from them to extend our own longevity?

For one, pack up smoking.  The world’s oldest-ever person, Jeanne Louise Calment, gave up the fags when she was 120, and died two years later.  Her other longevity secrets are to include some olive oil, port and chocolate into your daily diet, although it helped that she never worked. She was born into a wealthy family, and instead of going to the office every day she played tennis and cycled and swam.  

The oldest person still alive today is Kane Tanaka, who lives in Japan.  She’s 119, and she’s now in a nursing home, still enjoying puzzles and board games.  She drinks very unhealthy fizzy drinks, but also enjoys some chocolate every day.  She reckons the key to longevity is keeping an active mind by studying and solving mathematical problems.

The oldest man was Jiroemon Kimura, who died in 2013 at the age of 116.  When he was interviewed, he credited his longevity to eating small, light meals, staying active and being engaged in the world.

And the oldest couple—with a combined age of 214—was Julio Cesar Mora Tapia and Waldramina Maclovia Quinteros Reyes, who were married for 79 years.  Julio was 110 when he died in 2020 from dementia, and Waldramina is still living in Ecuador, and has reached the grand old age of 104.  Their secrets to a long life were family unity, mutual respect, honest work and having a proper education.

(Source: Eden’s Gate. https://edensgate.co.uk)

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