LIVING TO BE 100
Researchers at Yeshiva University are attempting to unravel the secrets of people who live to be over 100 years of age.
It is interesting to note that people who live past 100 have some things in common, however researchers find that, when studied, they present more questions than they do answers. For instance, some centurians smoke cigarettes while others are overweight.
Some things are known, however ... there are very few centurians who have experienced a heart attack in their lives. Also, very few have diabetes or Alzheimer's disease. It has also been observed that brothers and sisters of centurians also tend to be long-lived ... in fact, they are four times more likely to reach the age of 90 than the general population and eight times more likely to reach the age of 100.
It is also interesting that there are more centurian women than men ... however, they are more frail and generally less healthy. Women who give birth to children after the age of 40 are more likely to reach the age of 100 than those who have not.
The above information is based on an Associated Press article that appeared in the Detroit Free Press on June 4, 2001 - p B8.
I would like to add some comments on the above research ... from my observations in life, people generally get what they "expect" to get from life ... if they observe their parents and siblings living to ripe, old ages - then they will likely do the same (the self fullfilling prophecy phenomenon). From a nutritional viewpoint, it is likely that family members will continue eating the same types of foods that they grew up with ... in other words, foods from childhood that are associated with "good times", happy feelings, etcetera will be favorites throughout life because they continue to stimulate those memories.