A question on longevity

A question on longevity
I have a relative who is now 105 years old and he is still doing good with his ways. He eats by himself and moves by himself without the need of a caregiver and he doesn’t use a cane for walking. His only problem is his hearing that is weak although he can use a hearing aid for that. Just recently I have read about a woman who died at age 102. The story was about the life of the woman and her ways and lifestyle that was very similar to my old relative. They are not choosy with food that they eat anything. The common denominator is not the healthy food nor the healthy lifestyle with exercise because our old man is still smoking at his age. Anyway, it may be the enjoyment of life that they had reached that age because they wanted to savor life so they were given a long life.

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jetselle
In all honesty I am not certain what increases lifestyles expectancy. The most essential thing is the genetics lottery. I trust our natural life expectancy is pre wired in our genes. My father smoked cigarettes most of his grownup life and nevertheless lived to 85.
Posted by jetselle on 12-12-2018
stbrians
It is not smoking that ends life. Smoking is just a bad habit that should be kicked out. Life is worth living. Worries and anxiety is problem number one to lowering a lifespan. Worries bring ulcers, ageing and many other ailments. Eating lifestyles are also a problem. I found One Meal A Day to work fine towards increasing lifespan.
Posted by stbrians on 12-12-2018
Frank
I just want to believe we are destined to die differently and if it was destined that one wouldn't die because of smoking so shall it be. I don't think it about the one's habit perse but how one was destined to die.
Posted by Frank on 12-12-2018
stbrians
Death is inevitable. We only try to postpone it. Is it worthy if one does at a very old age?
Posted by stbrians on 12-12-2018
emiaj55
Mortality is affected by many factors and no one could really know how long or how short one would live. There are those who are too stressed and live up short while others who are carefree that live longer. I guess we could only hope when we eat the right diet. But as we all know now, that doesn't guarantee a thing as well.
Posted by emiaj55 on 12-12-2018
stbrians
Eating right is the right thing here. Another factor towards longevity of life is the exercises we do. If you allow your body to be in place mode all the time will affect life. Work on manual work always. Exercise to keep fit.
Posted by stbrians on 12-12-2018
Frank
Definitely, destiny plays a most part in our life journey. A hardened will lived longer and even repent before he dies but a one night timer thief is caught and burned to ashes that same night. This shows it wasn't about their lifestyle.
Posted by Frank on 12-12-2018
stbrians
Destiny! What is destiny? I think we just live right. That is it. Then we leave destiny to take its course
Posted by stbrians on 12-12-2018
theresajane
Yes, for us to live longer, we have to observe what's right in our lifestyle. But, sometimes, unexpected things like accidents happen. So, if it's your time, you cannot hide from death.
Posted by theresajane on 12-16-2018
kaushikangara
It all depends on the person and the conditions of the environment that surround him. If he maintains a healthy lifestyle and sticks to what he does daily, then he will have a higher chance of living long. Also, the person's body conditions play a huge role. If he is not prone to any diseases such as BP, Diabetes, he will remain stronger and live longer.
Posted by kaushikangara on 12-12-2018
stbrians
The environment can play a role too. If your environment is conducive to living and you are geared to living long is better.

Normally it is the lifestyle that has killed many people. Worries are paramount in increasing chances of inviting diseases.
Posted by stbrians on 12-12-2018
Frank
I think our lifestyle is just a means to an end and isnt really the problem, this article is talking about an hundred and five years old man still smoking and living. It goes to show that our destiny differs and we only lived out our destiny.
Posted by Frank on 12-12-2018
knnon
When it's a person's time then it's his/her time. I don't know if genetics plays a part in longevity, or if it's the perfect balance of food and exercise. All I know is when it's time to go, you go. You can't do anything about it.
Posted by knnon on 12-12-2018
theresajane
Exactly. You cannot hide from death with your healthy lifestyle. If it really is your time, it will really be your time.
Posted by theresajane on 12-16-2018
ivandelrey
I've also noticed that no matter how much some people try to avoid unhealthy food or living a healthy lifestyle they still end up getting a fatal disease. That's why I don't worry so much about death and just focus on living because we're blind about the future.
Posted by ivandelrey on 12-18-2018
stbrians
I have the feeling that long life is attained by being free with life. Just enjoy and let go. Be happy always and make others happy too. The hashtag here is #enjoylife to the fullest.
Posted by stbrians on 12-12-2018
Frank
I will totally agree with you. Let go and enjoy when you feel will be good to you and your body and just believe that death will come when it will . It's might not be anything we might have done right or not.
Posted by Frank on 12-12-2018
nekonieden
It depends if the genes of that certain person has family history of diseases and it depends also to the lifestyle of a person. If the food he or she eats are healthy, its more likely he or she will live longer.
Posted by nekonieden on 12-12-2018
stbrians
Exactly. Refined food is not good. Wholemeal is the best. Junk food will also reduce lifespan. In one meal a day you just eat the right food once a day.
Posted by stbrians on 12-12-2018
luv2xacosta
Correct. Longevity will only depends on what type of lifestyle we had we were younger. Genetics is also another factor that affect our life.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-14-2018
luv2xacosta
Healthy eating, getting enough stress and exercise may help to live long. Managing stress from work and make to have a healthy lifestyle can help prolong life.
Posted by luv2xacosta on 12-12-2018
ballyhara
This must be printed and put in my room's ceiling. Honestly, there was a moment when I thought my work was going to kill me, I was extremely stressed, and I got sick. Now I have Irritable bowel syndrome, due to all that stress and worries. So, stress can kill you, and you just don't even take that in consideration.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
pencilneckgeek
I think it just has to do with good genes, for the most part a healthy lifestyle would also be a factor and will to live. My grandmother is now 93 years of age and she is as strong as she was 10 years ago. She can still go to the market and even manages and runs her own kiosk. My grandfather who passed two years ago was 98 years old. Hopefully, my parents would have the longevity that my grandparents have. They say that it is not about how many years you have lived, it is how you lived those years but it would be better if one can live a long and healthy life while also living life to the fullest.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-12-2018
stbrians
The truth. How you live the years is what matters. If you smoked the whole tobacco factory is a factor too. You never lived responsibly
Posted by stbrians on 12-12-2018
Frank
The granny died at the age of 97 and she was still very strong and the way she ingested her snuff we thought she might develop complications from there but no she was still agile but died in a ghastly motor accident with some church members, so I'm sure without that accident she would have lived longer without much ailments.
Posted by Frank on 12-12-2018
pencilneckgeek
I am sorry to hear that. Your grandmother seemed like a strong willed woman to have the capacity and gusto to still go to church regularly at her age.

Aside from all the points I have detailed on this thread, I also think overall happiness factors on having a long life. Overall happiness gives us the will to live. If you enjoy life then you would have many reasons to wake up each day.
Posted by pencilneckgeek on 12-14-2018
burgosmichael2407
Honestly, nobody knows the length of his or her own life nor the time and way of their death. Some people have a longer life than others. Healthy lifestyle is good but it is not guarantee you a longer life. There are some people who live a health lifestyle but died early because of accident. The only credible principle for me about having a longer life is the statement of the Bible in Exodus 20:12 about honoring our father and our mother and the reward is longer life.
Posted by burgosmichael2407 on 12-12-2018
stbrians
I agree with you on this one. Eating right cannot save you from getting accidents. Being born is a must and death is inevitable too. Life is a gamble
Posted by stbrians on 12-12-2018
rlpzbeermoney
I think everyone just goes when it's there time. It's not a religious or philosophical thing but everyone has different expiration dates. No one really knows when they will die. Healthy lifestyle and diet doesn't really guarantee a long life but it makes it so that you experience less sickness in your lifetime. In fact, Japan and Korea are known to have the longest longevity of all countries. Good food and stress free lifestyles are the common denominator in those countries.
Posted by rlpzbeermoney on 12-12-2018
ballyhara
Like my mother says, to die you just need one thing: to be alive. So, I totally agree with you, we all have a certain moment when we will stop living this life. But, we have to take in consideration that if you have had bad habits, or have been a very stressed person, you are making yourself a damage that can make that date a little bit closer.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
amelia88
It’s so hard to say exactly what is the cause behind people’s longevity. For some people it’s luck, for some it’s genetics. For others still it’s probably their commitment to a healthy lifestyle over the years that has seen their overall health stay in good shape.
Posted by amelia88 on 12-12-2018
Franzel2oo
This has to be the most tricky topic of discussion yet, because who can tell what ensures long healthy living? There are people who live by the rules: they eat well, they sleep well, they act right and they don't smoke. Yet they die quicker than those who do all the above. I think it boils down to doing what makes you happy while trying your best not to willfully inflict harm on others. That way, whenever you die, you do so without many regrets.
Posted by Franzel2oo on 12-12-2018
ballyhara
Most of those early dyers, that didn't have bad habits, used to have a genetic predisposition, or condition that you just didn't know about it. Some others, just were exposed to high levels of stress, anxiety, or depression, like when their lose their partners, or a very close relative die, or they have economic issues. All those affect the mind peace, and all those worries lead them to weakness.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
antonToledo
We need to look in different aspects when we talk about longevity. A person life span has greatly increased this past century because of the great advances in medicine and medical technology. Advancement in medicine is one of those factors in a person longevity but this more complex than this. You can say that lifestyle greatly impacts longevity. Eating right and keeping your body fit is important to have a long life.
Posted by antonToledo on 12-12-2018
overcast
I think keeping healthy lifestyle, exercise and the food is what we need. Some of the time you can see that those who go after the exercise. I have seen some people being busy and getting those things worked up.
Posted by overcast on 12-13-2018
ballyhara
Well, besides all that healthy food, exercise, and getting rid of bad habits, we have to consider a quiet lifestyle. The difference between my two grannies, were basically that the one that died younger, was living in a stressful city, with so much chaos coming from the family. My other granny instead, was living in the country, surrounded by silence, animals, and with no stress levels. That's what I could see.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
rubeth1726
As for me, age doesn't really matter. Whether you will die as young as 40's or you will reach 100. The years you spend living in the world doesn't speak the quality of the life you had.

If you want to live longer then a person must live healthy and take good care of his body to live longer. However, I believe that if a person live the life he wants then longevity does not matter. On the other hand, I do believe that if a person live a healthy life, with contentment and satisfaction, then most probably he lives longer.
Posted by rubeth1726 on 12-13-2018
mhingnhormz
A question on longevity: For me those who have a long life is not because of what they use to intake what lifestyle they have but because of how lucky she/he was. There are many peoplenwho use to eat healthy foods compare to the other but not live longer than those who have a bad habit. Too much concious in what to eat is not good at all, anything too much is dangerous. I also knoew someone who still living at the age of 110 and base on some elder in our province it was already in their blood to live longer than the other.
Posted by mhingnhormz on 12-13-2018
theresajane
I sometimes think that luck plays a big role in our lives. It may be not their time yet or fate just wants you to stick for a while and enjoy life while you can
Posted by theresajane on 12-13-2018
theresajane
I guess there's more to life that what I imagined or what we imagined. Wow! That's actually very shocking to know that someone who smokes can live a long life.
Posted by theresajane on 12-13-2018
ajahcuizon
I also got amazed by my grandfather on how he lived for almost a century. I know it is really hard to maintain good health as we grow old that's why we should start eating healthy foods for us to live to the fullest. I hope that I could be strong like my grandfather when I grew old.
Posted by ajahcuizon on 12-13-2018
astraherondale
Those with unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and who have survived up to really old ages have survived due to luck. Smoking, for instance, has been strongly linked by thousands of studies to numerous health conditions.
Posted by astraherondale on 12-14-2018
ballyhara
Exactly, my father had all the worst habits you could imagine, he was sedentary, used to smoke and drink alcohol, staying up with friends eating really fatty dishes, and he got a heart attack when he was 50 years old. So, I don't know how people with such terrible habits like smoking, can reach to that longevity level, and still being apparently healthy.
Posted by ballyhara on 12-14-2018
GeorgeDr
That's a huge matter of discussion that you are presenting here and is attributed to many factors , some that are out of our control , yet. Firstly there are genetic factors , that are responsible for many diseases that unfortunately some people no matter what they do will have them. Secondly it matters greatly how one lived their life , what stressed they've had , emotional or physical , what foods they ate if they smoked and things that are just plain luck. So I think it's not something you can really control , apart from eating healthy , exercise and try to not over-stress yourself (which is not entirely possible) it's mainly a matter of chance.
Posted by GeorgeDr on 12-14-2018
jpk0007
Although i do agree that the longetivity of your life depends mostly on your genes,i also think that a person who takes care of the health of his mind and body is bound to have a greater life expectancy.Usually if your parents and grand parents have lived a heathy life till they are very old, you are bound to have a greater life expectancy due to your healthy genes. However, if you have a very unhealthy lifestyle then , inspite of the healthy genes you may not be able to live a longer life.
Posted by jpk0007 on 12-15-2018
Denis_P
Eating well and living an active lifestyle are certainly going to improve your chances of avoiding an early grave, but I’m not sure if they exactly improve your chances of longevity. I think that a healthy lifestyle is more about not dying earlier than it is about living longer, as weird as that may sound. For example, doctors say to avoid eating things like red meat for the sake of heart health, but studies show that vegans and vegetarians don’t live very much longer than their meat-consuming counterparts.

I think that ultimately, how long you live is simply going to be decided by your genetic fate.
Posted by Denis_P on 12-17-2018