How you can live to 100: Surprising tips

The US already has over 90,000 centenarians, and numbers are steadily increasing. New research from Denmark has shown it is likely that most babies born in high income countries after 2000 will see their 10oth birthday, living on average 20 more years than those born before.

Drink green tea

Drink green teaThose who drink 5+ cups of green tea a day had a significantly lower risk of dying from heart disease or a stroke

Eat nuts

Eat-NutsThose who frequently ate nuts gained on average an additional 2 years life expectancy due to their numerous cardiovascular benefits, according to an archives of internal medicine publication.

Be outgoing

OutgoingPeople who are outgoing are 50% less likely to develop dementia due to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, a recent study by the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden found.


FlossFlossing regularly can add up to 6 years on to your life expectancy by removing bacteria that can cause inflammation, which in turn reduces the risk of strokes and heart disease.

Do not smoke

Dont-smokeSmoking for the majority of your lifetime can cut up to 10 years off of your life expectancy. However if you quit by age 50, you can gain 6 of those years back.

Embrace new technology

technologyResearchers from Evercare state that using and keeping up with the newest technology trends helps to keep brain cells young and healthy and ensures we are socially engaged.

Take more holidays

HolidaysAccording to cutting down on your leisure time can increase the risk of having heart disease eightfold, due to the lack of downtime away from the stress and strains of work.

Lie in

have-restGetting 7-8 hours of sleep a night is imperative to the healing process and longevity of cells, however most do not get this, which severely hinders daily cell processes.


LaughHow you respond to stress is a key factor in life expectancy. Research from the new England centenarian study revealed that those born with a sunny disposition deal better with stress, thereby increasing their chances of seeing their 100th birthday.

Which country has the highest percentage of centenarians?

World-MapFrance – 1 in 3,076
U.S.A. – 1 in 3,300
Japan – 1 in 3,522

Let me know what you think about these tips in the comments

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Jess May 15, 2010 at 4:30 AM

Yay, Nice tips


Michael Goodman February 22, 2012 at 4:43 AM

Actually, you missed out Barbados in your top three. We are told that Barbados is second only to Japan in the number of centemarians per capita. We only have a population of around 270,000 and yet someone reaches 100 here almost once a week. Our oldest man, James Sisnett will be 112 tomorrow, February 22nd.


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