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Excerpt Ageless Athletic Assassin: Page 226
LIVING PAST AGE 110
A supercentenarian is someone who has lived to or passed their 110th birthday. We all want to age gracefully and enjoy time in resort communities as described in Jimmy Buffett’s famous “Margaritaville” song.
Over 1,500 supercentenarians have been documented in history. Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 at age 122 years 164 days, had the longest documented human lifespan. The oldest man ever verified is Jiroemon Kimura of Japan who died in 2013 at age 116 years 54 days. Supercentenarians are extremely rare individuals. There are likely 60 in the United States and 200-300 world wide.
Research has found that supercentenarians remain free of major age-related diseases (e.g. stroke, cardiovascular disease, dementia, cancer, Parkinson's disease, and diabetes) until the very end of life when they die of exhaustion of organ reserve which is the ability to return organ function to homeostasis.
Professor Nobuyoshi Hirose of Keio University, geneticist George Church of Harvard Medical School, Thomas Perls of Boston University’s New England Centenarian Study, and Robert D. Young of UCLA’s Gerontology Research Group are all devoted to research reversing aging. Each have enrolled supercentenarians and their children for study. With 200-300 living supercentenarians, Thomas Perls has enrolled more than 60 supercentenarians which is the most in the world. Their research suggests that approximately 30% of human longevity is hardwired in our DNA and 70% is due to our lifestyle and environment. Thomas believes it would take 500 to 1000 genomes to truly unlock their secrets.
In addition to research labs, a number of Silicon Valley billionaires have funnelled their own millions into the anti-ageing cause with PayPal’s Peter Thiel investing in Breakout Labs to tackle degenerative diseases, Google’s Larry Page allocating $750 million of company dollars into Calico for biotech research, and J. Craig Venture’s Human Longevity doing genome sequencing. Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Paul F. Glenn, and Dmitry Itskov are also funding research into longevity science.
With Jeanne Calment holding the record for oldest person to ever live at 122.5 years old, Moldovan businessman Dmitry Kaminskiy pledges a $1 million prize to the first person who can live to be 123 years old. He hopes this million dollar gift will trigger a new group of “supercentenarians.”
Supercentenarians lived past age 110 by exhibiting the below habits. Start incorporating these into your life to live longer and happier. Professor Vladimir Khavinson, the past President of the European region of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics says “A clean environment, fresh food, physical activity and medical advances can allow people who are young today to live until age 120.”
Purpose: Maude Harris lived until age 111 says “I think I have lived so long because I was interested in this world. God put us here for a purpose. It was not to improve our own self, but to make a world that is fair and livable for everyone. We need to have more tolerance for different opinions and treat others with respect.”
Independence: Besse Cooper who lived to age 116 loved to do things herself such as chopping down her own Christmas tree when she was age 86.
Exercise: Rose M Theissen who lived to age 110 made fitness a habit as she started exercising and weight lifting in her 30’s. Being married to a pharmacist, vitamins were also important. Exercise is great for maintaining a healthy weight and decreasing your risk of heart disease.
Dancing: Ethel Lang who lived until age 114 loved to dance. She also never smoked or drank alcohol.
Love: Henry Allingham who lived until age 113 says “Whisky and wild women helped me live long happily!”
Laugh: still both alive at age 110, Britain’s Alf Smith and Robert Weighton credit their old age to having a great sense of humor. Robert says “I think laughter is extremely important. Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people taking themselves too seriously.”
Sing: Christian Mortensen who lived until age 115 credits his long happy life to singing, keeping a positive attitude, staying away from alcohol, drinking lots of water, and having great friends. Singing involves deep breathing - good for the nervous system.
Faith: Bernando LaPallo who lived until age 114 took his father’s advice who lived until age 98 to “have faith in God and he’ll take care of you.”
Alcohol Abstinence: Alexander Imich who lived to age 111 stayed healthy by abstaining from alcohol.
Smoking Cessation: Susannah Mushatt who lived until age 116 didn’t smoke or drink.
Nutrition: Chiyo Miyako who lived until age 117 was the oldest person in the world. She ate heart-healthy fish, tofu, seaweed, and octopus - all of which carry a low risk for some cancers and arteriosclerosis.
Morning Eggs: Emma Morano who lived until age 117 ate 3 eggs for breakfast everyday.
Chocolate: Jeanne Calment who lived until age 122 is the oldest person to ever live. She credits her youthful appearance to eating 2 pounds of chocolate a week.
No Junk Food: Besse Cooper who lived until age 116 said her secret to longevity was from avoiding junk food and “minding her own business.”
Sleep: Misao Okawa who lived until age 117 slept eight hours a night.
Kindness: Gertrude Weaver who lived to age 116 advises aspiring supercentenarians the values of being kind to others and treating them as you would wish to be treated.
Positivity: Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer who lived until age 111 says a long happy life is all about being positive.
Calm: Sarah Knauss-Clark who lived until age 119 says the reason for her longevity stemmed from her tranquil personality where she never gets fazed - even the worst of news.
No swearing: Benjamin Holcomb who lives until age 111 was a happy man who never said negative things about anyone. He never drank alcohol, never smoked, and never cursed.
Brainwork: Anna Stoehr who lived until age 114 kept her mind busy by playing scrabble, cooking, cleaning, and socializing with friends.
LAND OF IMMORTALS
Japan currently has the greatest number of known centenarians of any nation in the world with 69,785 older than age 100 of which 88 percent are women. Each year, Japan celebrates the lives of its centenarians with a public holiday known as the “Respect for the Aged Day” when those over age 100 receive a letter of congratulations and a commemorative sake cup from Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. When Japanese people have to visit the hospital, they don’t worry about cost as Japan's health care system is one of the most accessible in the world where the government pays 70 percent of the cost of all health procedures.
Okinawa, Japan where hundreds of residents are over 100 years old, adopt the “Okinawa Diet” eating three servings of fish a week, wholegrains, vegetables, tofu, kombu seaweed, squid, and octopus - which are rich in taurine that lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
Okinawans adopt an eating habit called ‘hara hachi bu’ – where people eat until they’re 80% full. This habit is based on the delay between the stomach becoming full and the brain receiving this signal, which experts agree takes 20 minutes – so many of us who eat too quickly during this “delay” period end up having eaten more than we should have.