CarpeLooking at a long life may be looking pretty good. Americans living to celebrate a 100th birthday increased by 44% from approximately 50,000 in 2000 to a slightly over 72,000 in 2014.

The younger you are the better chance you have on living to 100 or beyond. The great strides in modern medicine has increased longevity in the last 50 years.

There are few common denominators that most centenarians share:

  • Good Genetics. This tops the list. Of those you live to 100, fifty percent had one close relative that lived to be 90 years old.
  • Gender. Being female gives you and edge on reaching 100.
  • 85% of centenarians are females. Women who conceived and gave birth after age 40 are four times more likely to reach 100.
  • Not being Obese. Centenarians tend to be of average weight or only slightly overweight. Being too thin or obese decreases your chances of hitting 100. Most centenarians reported they ate and drank (alcohol) in moderation.
  • Physical Activity. Remember “ a body in motion stays in motion”.
  • Most centenarians stated they were physically active even after retirement.
  • Positive Outlook. Most centenarians stated they always approached life with a positive attitude.
  • Socially Engaged. Socialization tends to extend longevity. Centenarians have maintained lifelong connections with family and friends.

Note: Statistics are from U.S. Census Bureau Data 2010.

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