Centenarian Secrets

How to live to be 100

HealthDay News

HealthDay News

Published on May 13, 2003

(HealthDayNews) -- Of course, you've always planned to live to be 100. But are you really a candidate?

According to the Statistical Bulletin of the Metropolitan Insurance Co., there are patterns among Americans who have lived to be 100 years old:

First, you're more likely to be a woman.

Second, get married, as widows seem to live longer.

Third, even if this seems contrary to logic, don't get too much education. Though higher educational status is associated with good health, people with limited education seem to make it to the century mark more often than well-educated people.

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