4 Things People In Their 90s Can Teach Us About Living Long Lives
How do you breeze into your 90s in tip-top shape? Researchers and nonagenarians (that’s what you call a 90-something) alike, say it comes down to much more than just luck. The Belfast Nonagenarian Study, which was released last year, recruited a group of “elite” nonagenarians who have managed to sail into their 90s with supremely good health.
Along with looking at their DNA and family histories, they also asked the super-agers themselves what they believed had helped them live such long, healthy lives. Their analysis managed to narrow it down to four main factors that really play a role in how many birthdays you get to celebrate.
1. Genetics and maintaining good health.
Many of the elite agers said good genes helped them live so long. The study did find that many of the subjects had fewer genes that are associated with heart disease — the number one killer of men and women.
Interestingly enough, four British sisters reached a combined age of 391, ranging from 93 to 101, only last year. And there have been numerous instances of long-living twins, and in 2014 five siblings won the Guinness World Record for reaching 100! What’s interesting is that their mother had also lived past 100.
The world’s oldest yoga teacher is still doing her sun salutations at 97 and she says maintaining healthy eating habits has been important. Tao Porchon-Lynch has said portion size helps her manage her weight. “Most people overeat and put too much food on their plate. Pause a moment to think about how many people are without food, and you won’t eat so much,” she said in an interview last year.