Did you know that about one in 10,000 people will live to be 100-years-old? These individuals are deemed “slow agers.” Will you be among those who live to celebrate 100 years?
While there is no magic formula to determine how long you will live there may be indicators as to how long you will be on this earth and they include:
- Whether you have “longevity genes.” How long have other members of your family lived?
- What is the state of your physical health?
- How fast can you walk? Studies have shown that those who are fast walkers just might live longer. Fast walking is considered “three feet per second; two miles per hour)
- Do you have friends and family in your life? Studies have shown that social engagement could be key to helping you live to be 100.
- Are you a woman? It’s been shown that of the 80,000 centenarians in the United States in 2010, 85% of them were women.
If you want to try to live to be 100, here are some steps you can take to enhance your chances:
- Lose the belly fat. People who are “round in the middle” are more likely to die sooner than those with flat bellies.
- If you were a healthy-weight as a teenager you may live longer.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet and get physical exercise every day. Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop heart disease than those without diabetes and this could shorten your lifespan.
- Eating 14 to 17 grams of fiber per day could reduce your risk of dying from heart disease by 17%. Add oatmeal to your diet, top with raspberries and you can get 12 grams of fiber in one meal.
- Become a tea drinker. If you drink either green or black tea you will be ingesting concentrated doses of catechins, substances that help blood vessels relax and protect your heart. Those who drink more than five cups of green tea every day had a lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke than those who didn’t drink tea.
- Be active at least 40 minutes per day. Those who are physically active are more physically fit and also cognitively fit.
On September 22, celebrate National Centenarians Day and the centenarians in your life or take steps to become a centenarian yourself!