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(New York Daily News)   Happy super-sweet 116 birthday to world's oldest living person, American Besse Cooper. Probably better than your first sweet 16   ( divider line
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2012-08-27 02:16:57 PM  
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Mikeyworld: StoneColdAtheist: The secrets to a long life?
1. good genes (can't help you there)
2. get and keep your BMI under 18 (eat a hi-fat, lo-carb diet)
3. don't smoke (quit if you do...studies show your longevity returns to normal after 2 years of non-smoking)
4. keep your alcohol consumption to no more than 2 servings a day

To All Ya'll: It's really too late to get in this lottery. You've got the genes ya got. But, if'n ya'll subscribe to the Heinlein method and marry people who's grandparents, or, better yet, great-grandparents are still living. Your lineage could become the long-age standard. You could be the ancester of Lasarus Long, the ageless wonder of "Time Enough for Love". Teach your children that, too.

Longer lifetimes will be helpfull in many ways. Your children won't need to be college educated, as the longevity will teach them more than any book. Longer lives will aid in space travel. as the distances will take time to navigate. Returns on stocks will be vastly improved by the length of time your portfolio matures.

Think it through before you marry. You'll love the one you're with, in either case.

Hey, 3 out of 4 can't hurt! It's a matter of maximizing our chances, and at our ages we are right on the cusp of whether we can live long enough for active genetic intervention to come along and hoist us far enough down the timeline for technology to take over.

In my case, the genetic lottery certainly helps. My 60 y/o brother still has a full head of brown hair and 20/20 uncorrected vision. I also married well. My wife's parents are 89 & 88, and still drive, hike, live on their own and go out square dancing twice a week. My wife and I have been married 35+ years and I expect we'll hit 100 in another 6 decades.

I did let my weight get up into the obese range, though I'm half way back down to my college cross-country running weight. Not "dieting" per se. Just eliminated all the easy carbs (grains, starchy roots and legumes) from my diet and losing 1/2 to 1 lb a week...down 28 lbs in the past year. Makes me feel much better than I did (I had a mild 'cardiac event' a year and a half ago). My BP has dropped 50 points and my lipid panel improvement shocked my doctor (who admitted that 99% of patients never get better...because they are willing to take a pill, but not willing to change their lifestyle).

We can do this thang! ];^)
2012-08-27 01:49:04 PM  
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It just occurred to me that we'll soon no longer have people who were born in the 19th century.
2012-08-27 12:48:16 PM  
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She's 70 years old. In hex.
2012-08-27 11:58:18 AM  
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her life spans across 3 centuries...

i like her philosophy, mind your own business and don't eat junk food.
That is great life advice :)
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