What You Should Know About Longevity

You have to prepare to live to past 100!

At least babies born in 2030 will surely make it to 100 years old.

Exactly how to prepare to live to 100 is something physicians argue about. In general, the earlier you plan for longevity, the better.

So positive lifestyle even has to begin as a newborn!

Longevity is determined by your genetics, your social circumstances, the exposures you have in the environment, your behavior and your lifestyle.

Simple strategies help you and your family live long: having at least a high school education confers a lot of longevity! Of course high schools that emphasize nutrition, lifestyle benefits, and discourage substance abuse helps even more.

You need to not be lonely. Whatever that means for you. But loneliness equals poor health. So teach social engagement to your children, and that will help them live long as well.

Social purpose helps longevity as well. Those that feel they have a purpose beyond themselves, whatever it is, live longer. Those who express they have a purpose are one third less likely to have a stroke or heart attack. Ask yourself, what other purposes do you feel? They can be developed.

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Suzanne Trupin, MD, Board Certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist and owner of Women's Health Practice, Hada Cosmetic Medicine, and Hatha Yoga and Fitness

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