Man’s longevity

Man’s longevity
Even in pre-historic times, man is already in search of the so called fountain of youth. And it is disappointing to read in an article that man’s life span has a maximum of 120 years. It is due to the limitation of the cell’s capbility to reproduce. Giving a little bit of hope to man’s longevity are records of centenarians, those persons who lived to 100 years or more. And what is their secret? I asked the great uncle of my husband. His name is Antonio De Ocampo of Manila who celebrated his 104th birthday this 13th of June 2017. He is an amazing man because he is stronger than his eldest son who is 80. Grandpa walks by himself, eats by himself and does everything by himself. He eats anything and drinks anything. He is still conversant although has poor hearing but his eyesight are still good. What more? He smokes 1 pack of cigarettes in a day. So there you are, no secret to longevity.

PS. In the photo is grandpa, the one in the blue shirt


I admire people like these. I believe the secret might be constant exercise. My grandma is about to reach 80 soon and a lot of people often tell her she looks younger for her age and she is certainly a lot stronger. She still goes to far off places by herself to do grocery shopping, she can climb trees, and when it comes to the saying "shop 'till you drop" I'm pretty sure that causes an infinite loop on her and she just doesn't stop at all. I love my grandma, and I guess it might be her constant exercise of travelling to far off places that keeps her strong.
Posted by arachnophobik on 06-19-2017
I was amaze when I read your post about your grandpa. I can't even imagine that there's such man who can do all of the things a normal young person can do despite his old age. I only knew some old people who managed to reach 90's but they need assistance in their daily living. I do believe that the secret to longevity is just to have faith in God.
Posted by rage35 on 06-19-2017
Wow he looks amazing! I've heard it said that longevity of life is down to good diet and exercise etc. and I'm sure this helps but I also think genetics play a part. All the women in my family have lived long lives and while that doesn't mean that I necessarily will I think I have a good chance if I die naturally. My great grandmother lived until she was 92 and lived in Victorian times so that was very old indeed in those days. The men in my family however have mostly died in their late seventies. I don't think any of them made it to 80.
Posted by littlewitch66 on 06-19-2017
Hello Have a wonderful day.

Its a great matter that your grand father is available with 120 years. On an article I have read that by taking vegetable human can get long life. On the other hand by doing good and religious work this is possible for stay long time on this world. Best wishes for your grand father.

Thanks Centurion
Posted by centurion on 06-19-2017
All I can say is Wow... He smokes, no diet restrictions and i can see he is a bit overweight for his age. So im guessing he is not doing any exercise. Maybe he is just lucky. My Lola lived upto 98 years old with no hypertention, no diabetes, no hearing problems, eye sight was 20/20. She actually died smiling in her bed. No one know how or why she died. We just said she lived a happy life.
Posted by Neiltarquin on 06-19-2017
I am a Hindu. According to Hindu belief system a man has 100 years of life. In ancient times the sages and holy people were said to live for more than 100 years. How true this, no one can verify, however, I once had a great grant aunt who was 104 years when she did. Until she was 100 years she could remember everything. After 100 years her health deteriorated. I have relative who is on her early 90s, She is healthy for her age.
Posted by vinaya on 06-19-2017
Longevity is very interesting. There are many people like the man you mentioned who live to old age, even with bad habits like smoking, drinking, or eating unhealthy. So many try to extend their life through their diet and exercise, and while that is noble, it doesn't guarantee long life. First of all, an accident could happen cutting a life short, or you may just have poor genetics. My hunch is that genetics plays a huge role in a person's longevity.
Posted by Mahshiemonalisa on 06-19-2017
Genetics may account for about 20 percent of our longevity, but it is important to live a healthy lifestyle so we do nothing to detract from our longevity. I feel sorry for people who have genetic health issues that might cause them to live less long than they otherwise might. It is important to try to live a healthy life, as your health is just about everything.
Posted by kgord on 06-19-2017
Happy birthday to your great uncle-in-law. It's amazing that he is still very healthy at this age. I have heard some men are still very healthy and live long life even they are smoking. But, I think it might be also because your great uncle-in-law has always been exercising and doing things on his own, which might be one of the reasons too.
Posted by kaka135 on 06-19-2017
While I do agree that good genetics is important in longevity, I also think that our lifestyle is much more inportant than our genes. There are a lot of factors that play into how long a person lives. One is whether we are a man or a woman, and women in general live longer than men do. However, you also have to take into consideration that. (traditionally) men are the ones who live the most dangerous lives, fight in wars, work jobs that could kill them, and other things that could end their life before they are even old. Women, on the other hand, have traditionally been the housekeeper, which is also a hard job; but usually not as apt to kill her as whatever work the husband does. Assuming that a person lives a life that is fairly safe, then our health would be the next largest factor in longevity, as well as how active we keep our mind and our bodies. Eating a healthful diet plays a large part in this, and I think that people who eat a more traditional diet of natural foods are apt to live longer, all other things being equal.
Posted by Happyflowerlady on 06-19-2017
Thats super cool to see! Your grandpa look happy and healthy. That's what this life is all about. You guys seem like such a wonderful family. He is surrounded by love. I didn't know that the life span for men was 120. Who knew? I don't think I'd want to live that long anyway but whatever God has in his plans for me I'm all for it. Hopefully I'll be as happy as your grandpa. Live is short and if he smokes 1 pack of cigarettes a day so be it. The most important thing is that he's so enjoy him and love and care for him. Bless you guys.
Posted by working3 on 06-19-2017
Wow that is amazing your great uncle of your husband just turned 104 this month. Happy birthday to him. I think longevity runs in the families genes! And your grandpa is healthy and strong too, looking good for his age and even smokes. That is wonderful. :)
Posted by simplym on 06-19-2017
Wow, 104 and yet he smokes a pack of cigarettes a day. I think it is in his genes that they will have a long span of life. Although, if we want to live longer than 90, we have to work hard for it. Along with eating healthily and that is foods like fish, fruits and vegetables and lean meats only. In addition to that, we should exercise at least 30 minutes a day and always have a happy disposition in life. We can drink but in moderation, because anyway, a glass of wine is good for our blood circulation. I am doing all those above because I want to live long, though it should be that all my five senses will still be good even if I am already very old.
Posted by SimplyD on 06-20-2017
With strides made in science, longevity is easy but not quality of life. Ensuring quality of life is totally in the hands of the individual as in the case of your grandfather. It would be nice if you spent some time with him and wrote down what his secret is to live that long where he just did not survive but thrived. What good is it to live long but not be able to enjoy it.
Posted by iamawriter on 06-20-2017
It's quite funny really, the effort and lengths that people go to in order to try and remain young. Most people look for some grand secret in order to maintain their youth but the simple fact is that a lot of your physical and mental health, your appearance, and the age you will die are determined by mainly one thing, and that is genetics. You have people who dieted and exercised their entire lives and died quite young, while others did nothing to maintain their bodies and live incredibly long. It's not to say that dieting and exercise don't have their merits, they certainly do, but many people undermine or forget the impact that genetics have on our health and longevity.
Posted by Denis_P on 06-20-2017
Wow what an amazing story. I think that is wonderful that he has lived such a long I feel and that he is still healthy. Most people are not blessed to live that long. It is good that he is so bright and smart at that age. What a great picture. That you for taking the time to share with story with us of one amazing man. God bless him.
Posted by Sue on 06-20-2017
I think that longevity cannot be predicted. Even someone so healthy can die because of age when they reached the age of 80, and yet someone that have bad habits such as smoking and drinking can still do everything in the age of 90. Your grandfather is really great though, with that much of an age I'm pretty sure he has gone through so many things and experience so much incredible things in his life.
Posted by ValX on 06-20-2017
Wow, he does look young. He looks really quite fit and nowhere near to his true age. I think it is any persons' body and makeup is different from the next persons. He has smoked all his life, yet someone else can die from smoking when they are a lot younger. It must be fantastic to reach that wonderful age, I bet he can tell a few interesting stories of times long since past. Happy birthday to him and I hope he still has yet many more!
Posted by JMS on 06-20-2017
Well, you'll definitely live long just being in the same room as him. I wish your husband's uncle a long(er) life. My uncle's wife's father lived to be 106, but he was nowhere near as capable as Antonio. He was a soldier that served in WWII. He was a bit senile and wasn't able to walk by himself but he still kept his sense of humor till the end. Sadly he passed a few years ago a few days after his birthday. Rest in Valhalla patriot.
Posted by AlexHarris on 06-20-2017
My grandmother is 93 years old and she is healthy. The only health issue that she has is diabetes but she follows her diet as instructed by her doctor. She wakes up early in the morning only to do some gardening. That's her passion. She is also against using the washing machine to wash her clothes. She prefers to hand wash them. She insists to go to the market unaccompanied. She eats no fast foods and is always active.
Posted by Pixie on 06-25-2017
I don't know what are their secret, but I haven't seen a man to live longer than 103 years in my country. In fact here in Romania men dies much sooner than a woman. The woman lives longer and I don't know to say why especially because of a woman here works more than a man!
Posted by wallet on 07-23-2017
It is very mysterious as to how people live as long as a hundred years but I am pretty sure it has something to do with food that they eat and their lifestyle. My parents said that people back then lived up to hundred years because they always eat vegetables and organic food, as opposed to processed ones. Long walks and work also add up to a person's life since small activity like that counts as an exercise. Then again, we do not know how long we will live since there is no telling if when we get struck by illnesses.
Posted by giovanniiiii on 08-02-2017
I have met a lot of over 100 year old people, and I found them to be relaxed and focused on what they're doing in that moment, means that they live the present, I find them also very active and cheerful, I wish I can grow old as gracefully as they are
Posted by joey98 on 09-05-2017
I have met a lot of over 100 year old people, and I found them to be relaxed and focused on what they're doing in that moment, means that they live the present, I find them also very active and cheerful, I wish I can grow old as gracefully as they are
Posted by joey98 on 09-05-2017
Human longetivty all depends on the special grace of God , God is the one that will determine whether someone will live long on earth or live a short period of life on earth.
Posted by babyright on 01-09-2018
I think it depends on the stress taken in the life. Some of the time people learn from their stress. And some of the time they have to adjust with what they can do better. I think it also depends on how good they are living in their life. I learned things very slowly in that context. You can see that things are not that always good enough on that count.
Posted by overcast on 04-13-2018
I think its in the genes and probably how he has developed in life. Basically the key of living long is being healthy with a bit of good genes . There are people that die young because of health problems even they are physically active. This means that being healthy is just a part of having long life.
Posted by fishbate on 07-02-2018
I agree that it is the genes that dictate the longevity of people. I have made a personal research on the life of old people who reached 90 years old and I didn’t see anything peculiar or any indication that is unique like diet or exercise. Those aged people are just like us with what they do. It is just their body would not easily succumb to illness that they were able to grow old at that age.
Posted by Corzhens on 11-06-2018