Centenarian Secrets to a Longer Life

Ladies: Could avoiding men be the key to living a longer life? 109-year-old Jessie Gallan seems to think so. The thriving senior from Scotland says that men are “just more trouble than they’re worth.” The Doctors discuss how relationships can affect one’s health and well-being.

Family medicine physician Dr. Rachael Ross notes that studies have shown that while men’s health improves with marriage, women’s health actually declines after they tie the knot. Furthermore, according to a National Health Interview Survey, single women report fewer visits to the doctor’s office than their married peers!

ER physician Dr. Travis Stork adds that the quality of the relationship is important, because good, loving unions have been shown to improve the health and emotional well-being of each partner.

For more tips to living a longer life, check out these helpful hints:

  • Rosa Beckner, age 111, says she gets her daily exercise from lifting cans of beans.
  • Lucy d’Abreu, who lived to be 113, claimed her “customary sun-downer of brandy and dry ginger ale” helped her avoid an early death.
  • 102-year-old Mae Lewis attributes her longevity to dancing and attending happy hours three times a week.
  • Hendrikje van Andal-Schipper, a Dutch woman who lived to be 115, said her daily dose of herring and a glass of orange juice contributed to her long years of good health.
 

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