What is the secret of centenarians? (Blue zones)

A person is called centenarian when he/she crosses the age of 100. A study explains that 50% of the people born in developed countries since 2000 will live longer than 100 years. This is because of the modern medical science that helps to keep a person’s immunity system boosted. But centenarians are rare nowadays because the average lifespan of individuals is less than 100 years. Let us know what makes them so strong to live for more than 100 years and how?

Which country has the most centenarians?

According to the Japanese Ministry of Labor, Health, and Welfare, Japan is the country with the most centenarians. Almost 0.048 percent of the total population are centenarians, that is, almost 61,568 people according to the UN’s Revision of World Population Prospects 2015. It makes the country with the most centenarians per capita in the world. The United States has more centenarians, almost 71,972 people. But the percentage is only 0.022 of the total population. Japan has the highest life expectancy in the world as of 2013.

Why do centenarians live so long?

There is no specific path to be a centenarian. It is only a matter of your health and sometimes you are lucky to live long. You might have questions regarding how do centenarians stay healthy and live so long? The answer could simply be your regular routine. If you want to live long, follow some golden rules:

  1. Exercise: Louise Calder, a 101 year of women shares her exercise routine. She says that she does not leave her bedroom before having 30 minutes of exercise time after waking up. This is followed by a garden walk. This shows that exercise can be a key factor in the long run. Keeping yourself fit is very important at any age and this can help you achieve several goals.
  2. Diet: Science says that eating healthy food will give you a longer life than expected. Most of us have a tendency to eat foods that we like the most and usually, those foods are unhealthy. If you want to have a healthy life and live long, you need to practice to have a healthy diet as well.
  3. Genetics: The above-mentioned points are related to lifestyle, but genes give a different story. Some gene variants contribute to a long life. Genes associated with blood fat levels, inflammation, and cardiovascular systems contribute significantly to longevity as they reduce the risks of heart attack, stroke, and insulin resistance.

secret-of-centenariansWhat do 100-year-olds eat?

A healthy diet may include:

  • Whole grains (oats, barley)
  • Lots of fish (Salmon, trout, herring)
  • Nuts and beans
  • Low-fat dairy products
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables

Diet depends on every individual’s health. But the above-mentioned diet list is a common one among most centenarians.

What do centenarians have in common?

Some similarities between the centenarians that you should know include:

  1. Genes: The American Journal of Cardiology found in 2007 that if one parent lives for more than 95 years, then you might be lucky to have a longer life than most other people. The study showed that people above the age of 95 had 29 percent lower odds of having hypertension.
  2. Physically Active: This is an important similarity. People who live more than 100 years have a common fashion in them and that is to stay fit. A National Institute of Health Study reports that just 2.5 hours of moderate activity a week could extend your life by 3.4 years. The common part is none of them lifted heavyweights to stay fit, but they simply made fitness a part of their lifestyle.
  3. Positivity: One thing common among all the centenarians across the globe is that they stay positive. They stay optimistic in any difficult situation even it might be the death of their loved one. This optimism is evident in centenarian studies around the world.