Recently I attended a lecture on the Secrets to Living to 100 years. The program was sponsored by Sun Health Research Institute’s Center for Health Aging and St. Joseph’s Geriatric Fellowship Program.
The objective of the program was to discuss the current and future trends in life expectancy, to understand the multiple factors that contribute to longevity and positive interventions that will enhance the likelihood of optimal aging.
So one has to first ask if they really want to live to be 100. If so, does what you do, eat or your attitude really have anything to do with it?
Everyone has their own opinion on that from the 100-year-old Midwesterner that ate meat and potatoes all his life and had a shot of whiskey every day to the 64-year-old marathon runner who dropped dead of a heart attack and only ate protein bars and apples.
Surprisingly, part of this research study showed that your birth month has an impact on your longevity. For those that want to live to 100 and were born in the months of December, January and February, you have a 20 percent chance of living to 100. Not so good for those born in May, you may only have a 3 percent chance of becoming a centurion, but I hope you prove them wrong!
Unfortunately there was no explanation given for the connection between month of birth and longevity, it was just the outcome of the research.
So now in addition to the factors that contribute to longevity such as genetics (only accounts for 10 percent), environment, lifestyle, psychosocial factors, you can now include your month of birth if you want to. So is there any advantage to living to 100? When a 104-year-old woman was asked that question she simply replied, “no peer pressure.”