My grandparents all lived into their 80's and 90's. I have an aunt who
is approaching age 94 next month and is healthy and sharp as can be. I'm in
great health at age 71 (I truly feel more like age 60!). I expect to live past
age 100, the good Lord willing! It also helps to maintain a positive attitude
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyne of the Cleveland Clinic suggests most Americans die of
degenerative diseases, heart attack and stroke close to half, cancers such as
colon, breast, prostate, and many other diseases. In some countries heart
disease is unheard of. Prostate cancer ten times more here than in countries
eating more of a plant based diet. When the people start eating a lot of meat
then they also get heart disease, etc. Latter-day Saints live a little longer
3-4 years as many follow the Word of Wisdom which is mainly plant based, and
also a monthly fast seems very helpful as it reduces clogged arteries 40%
according to a U of U study. As for exercise the latest in Medscape today is
one should exercise 2 hours a week to avoid cognitive decline.
It's all a big crap shoot with many variables. There are countless
examples of centenarians who have smoked, drank, and eaten poorly throughout
mortality and still outlive those who carefully watch everything they consume.
Lately, "experts" are saying that starving oneself (fasting?) prolongs
life and inhibits disease, but who wants to suffer like that just to live a few
So what age is the demarcation for being in the top 10%? I assume it changes
over time as the average life expectancy increases from previous centuries, but
if a large portion of your family lived past 80 would that qualify? Or what
about age 90? A little more information and data would be nice to have included
with all the generalities in the article. (In my Mother's family, all of
her siblings but one are getting old and every one of them lost a spouse before
any of them died. Is that a sign of longevity since we're talking
survivors ages in the high 80's and low 90's?)
There has to be something about lifestyle that makes a huge difference! Look at the elderly billionaires who are still going strong into their late
80's and early 90's! Warren Buffet is 88 and still running Berkshire
Hathaway, with his 95 year old buddy Charlie Munger! And Vanguard's Jack
Bogle, who had his first heart attack at age 38, is still giving sage
investment advice at 89!Good luck figuring this one out!
Science knows religious people live longer.
I don't know about heredity, but I firmly believe that how a child is
raised (diet, life style, etc) greatly influences a person's health AND
longevity. For example, a child raised with over eating, eating junk food,
indulging in drugs, alcohol, and tobacco will live much shorter lives than
those who are raised with healthy diets and few or none of the
"indulgences" that plague our society. This also applies to those who
are active vs those who "vegetate" in front of the one eyed monster.