Want to live to be 100? Well now you can.
For the past 50 years, scientists at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg have followed the lifestyles of 855 men born in 1913. They say that they’ve determined the main factors that contribute to prolonging or decreasing one’s lifespan.
Only 10 of the 855 men taking part in the study lived to be 100. Unsurprisingly, the universal commonalities were avoiding cigarettes, staying thin by maintaining healthy cholesterol levels and limiting coffee intake. Genetics and financial stability also played a role, with all of them having mothers who lived a long time. These men also owned their own homes by the age of 50.
While broad strokes like no smoking, eating healthy and genetics are well and good, there must be other factors that influence longevity. It can’t be that easy, right?
While not officially licensed or trained or even knowledgeable on the rudiments of the subject, I’ve always fancied myself an expert on the aging process. Hey, I moisturize nightly and use SPF-50 at the pool. I don’t smoke (unless I’m drinking or it’s the weekend) and I even take vitamins (sometimes)!
That being said, here are my tips for hitting the century mark:
Or maybe it’s all a shot in the dark. Realistically, if only 10 of 855 men made it to 100, then what chance do you have? And this study was in Sweden! The biggest problem facing most Swedish men is bicycle theft.
My grandfather, a D-Day vet and lifetime smoker, lived until he was 93. To my knowledge, he didn’t concern himself with aging and its effects. He worked, he provided, he made mistakes and he lived his life. Meanwhile, young people in perfect health routinely contract cancer and die for no reason whatsoever.
I guess the point is, wake up every day being thankful, try to do your best and don’t do anything overtly bad for your body. And who knows? You might get lucky.
Always wearing a football helmet and a layer of Kevlar is a good idea as well. S
Jack Lauterback also is co-host of “Mornings with Melissa and Jack” on 103.7 Play weekdays from 6-9. Connect with him at email@example.com, or on Twitter at @jackgoesforth.