Supercentenarians’ secrets of longevity

Recently the world's oldest woman, Brooklynite Susannah Mushatt Jones, died at the age of 116, Italy's Emma Morano, also 116 years old, now holds the honour.

It seems that the world's ageing population are living longer and longer and many centenarians and supercentenarians are crediting this to various ways of living that they swear is the trick to longevity.

In this article we explore the many sworn-by "secrets" to longevity.

1. The oldest woman in the world Emma Morano, 116, credits many things to her longevity, one of which is "being single for most of her life."

 

 

2. Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, a Mexican woman who died in 2015 at the age of 127 - making her the world's longest-living known human - credited her impressively long life to never getting married, chocolate and sleeping for days on end.

3. In the Andes Mountains of Peru, living in extreme poverty, Filomena Taipe Mendoza, 116 years old, credits her longevity to eating from the garden and never eating processed food.

4. Misao Okawa from Osaka in Japan lived to the age of 117, passing away in 2015 and crediting her long life to three large meals a day, eight hours of sleep per night and lots of sushi.

5. Jeanne Calment was born in 1875 in Arles, France and lived until 1997, passing at the age of 122. She credited her longevity to drinking Port wine, eating two pounds of chocolate cake per week, treating her skin with olive oil, taking up fencing, riding her bike until she was 100 and smoking until she was 117.


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