15 Simple Tips to Help You Live to 100


by Susan Jacobs

A study conducted by Boston University shows that the fastest growing area of the American population is the centenarian community (i.e., those who are 100 years of age or older). The second largest growing area is people who are 85 years or older. In other words, you have a great chance to live a very long time in this modern society.

Even more interesting is the sheer magnitude of older citizens. There are approximately 40,000 centenarians living in the United States. Incidentally, 85% of them are women.

How does one make it to the ripe old age of 100? Each centenarian who is asked that question has a different answer. Some say they had a glass of brandy every night, others say they never drank a drop in their life. Some swear by the bacon they eat for breakfast, others are strict vegetarians.

No, there isn’t a magic formula for living forever (though avoiding bull riding and base jumping certainly helps). However, there are proven methods to greatly increase our chances of longevity. Below, I have compiled 15 simple tips to help you make it to 100 years of age:

1. Drink no less than 8 glasses of water a day, though you should preferably have even more than that.
2. Take a multivitamin that is appropriate to your age and gender.
3. Don’t smoke. If you do smoke, it’s never too late to quit and increase your odds of living a long time.
4. Avoid drinking alcohol to excess.
5. If you have no regular exercise regiment, start one. If you hate to exercise, take up a fun activity like swimming.
6. Settle down in a low-crime neighborhood, perhaps in the countryside.
7. Avoid processed foods as much as possible.
8. Eat a balanced diet that is high in fiber.
9. Change careers if you have a very stressful job.
10. If you are a thrill seeker, live vicariously through books or films, rather than participating in dangerous activities.
11. Always practice safe sex.
12. Wear your seatbelt and drive defensively.
13. Surround yourself with only supportive friends and family.
14. Make time for the hobbies you love the most, particularly if they reduce your stress level.
15. Don’t short-change yourself in the sleep department, as sleep deprivation can lead to a host of problems.

Will the tips above guarantee a long life? Barring an unfortunate accident, they can certainly help. No one can predict how one’s body will age. However, being healthy in body, mind and spirit will not only increase a person’s chances of living a long time, it will make the life they do have a very good one.

about the author:

Susan Jacobs is a part-time teacher, as well as a regular contributor for NOEDb, a site for learning about and selecting an online nursing degree program. Susan invites your comments and freelancing job inquiries at her email address susan.jacobs45@gmail.com .

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  • Michael O’Donnell

    With the most recent push in medical education to learn “evidence based medicine” how can any physician actually follow such a dogmatic stance of prescribing only synthetic thyroid. As a patient who has taken both synthetics and armor I can definitively tell you that some individuals do better on a natural thyroid prescription. The best “evidence” is the condition of the patient NOT a number reported in labs.

  • gina

    Michael, I’m not sure what your comment has to do with the blog post’s subject, but I’ll respond anyway.

    As long as “euthyroidism” continues to be defined as the TSH lab value being between two numeric points, no futher evidence is needed. Any unresolved symptoms become, by definition, non-thyroidal (at which point, other specialists and diagnoses can be ushered in).

    I’ll add that I am both mystifed and appalled at the endocrinology community’s lack of interest and curiosity about a condition that affects such a large segment of the population and an even larger proportion of their own patients. I rarely hear of an TSH-fixated endocrinologist whose views have been swayed in the slightest degree by the EVIDENCE of their own patients’ symptoms and observations. Yes, I’m aware of the clap-trap objection to the “N of 1” and that “the plural of anecdote is not evidence”, but any endo with his eyes, ears and mind open would swiftly accumulate an “:N of many” that would be impossible to ignore – or to reconcile with the TSH-T4 dogma of endo training.