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Australians are living longer than ever - but how?

Australians are living longer than ever - but how?

It's apparent that there are a great many secrets that combine to give us the longest possible life - and some not so secret. Of course, keeping your lungs free of cigarette smoke, taking it easy on alcohol and eating a nutritious, varied diet full of fruit and vegetables go a long way to adding extra years to your lifespan.

Additionally, keeping up a good semblance of fitness through regular exercise can benefit the heart, circulation and our other organs no end, as well as helping to stave off scores of serious conditions that could adversely affect your health. However, have you ever stopped to wonder what the very oldest people ever to have lived ate, drank and did to reach such great ages? Let's take a look at how they did it.

A ripe old age

According to the Australian Geographic, more Aussies than ever before are living past the age of 100. Indeed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics states that there are approximately 4,000 people living in the country that have surpassed that milestone, a portion that is 235 per cent higher than what it was just 20 or so years ago. Why is this happening?

Much of the credit for our longer lifespan must go to the medical advances that we have made over the past few decades. Deadly diseases such as smallpox have been eradicated, and other illnesses which would have posed a huge risk to health just 50 years ago are no longer an issue.

Additionally, we're now far more educated than we were way back when - it's hard to imagine that, once upon a time, smoking was considered highly beneficial to health.

Much of the credit for our longer lifespan must go to the medical advances that we have made over the past few decades.

Old age is all the rage

John McCormack has studied in excess of 130 centenarians in an effort to understand just how people reach such great ages, but is yet to come to any solid conclusion as to how a three-figured number is reached.

"The general conclusion is that there's no single magic bullet. It's more a combination of factors, such as having a good diet and not taking too many risks," he told the Australian Geographic. So what are those factors?

Of course, keeping your life free of cigarettes - including second-hand smoke - is a huge boost. A healthy diet is also a must, and so too is keeping physical - and it's an added bonus if your profession involves physical labour, such as construction or farming, rather than being chained to a desk for eight hours per day. What's more, keeping a positive mental attitude can really help you through life - and add years to it!

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Australians are living longer than ever - but how?

Australians are living longer than ever - there are some 4,250 people living in the land Down Under that are over 100 years of age, but what is their secret?

It's apparent that there are a great many secrets that combine to give us the longest possible life - and some not so secret. Of course, keeping your lungs free of cigarette smoke, taking it easy on alcohol and eating a nutritious, varied diet full of fruit and vegetables go a long way to adding extra years to your lifespan.

Additionally, keeping up a good semblance of fitness through regular exercise can benefit the heart, circulation and our other organs no end, as well as helping to stave off scores of serious conditions that could adversely affect your health. However, have you ever stopped to wonder what the very oldest people ever to have lived ate, drank and did to reach such great ages? Let's take a look at how they did it.

A ripe old age

According to the Australian Geographic, more Aussies than ever before are living past the age of 100. Indeed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics states that there are approximately 4,000 people living in the country that have surpassed that milestone, a portion that is 235 per cent higher than what it was just 20 or so years ago. Why is this happening?

Much of the credit for our longer lifespan must go to the medical advances that we have made over the past few decades. Deadly diseases such as smallpox have been eradicated, and other illnesses which would have posed a huge risk to health just 50 years ago are no longer an issue.

Additionally, we're now far more educated than we were way back when - it's hard to imagine that, once upon a time, smoking was considered highly beneficial to health.

Much of the credit for our longer lifespan must go to the medical advances that we have made over the past few decades.

Old age is all the rage

John McCormack has studied in excess of 130 centenarians in an effort to understand just how people reach such great ages, but is yet to come to any solid conclusion as to how a three-figured number is reached.

"The general conclusion is that there's no single magic bullet. It's more a combination of factors, such as having a good diet and not taking too many risks," he told the Australian Geographic. So what are those factors?

Of course, keeping your life free of cigarettes - including second-hand smoke - is a huge boost. A healthy diet is also a must, and so too is keeping physical - and it's an added bonus if your profession involves physical labour, such as construction or farming, rather than being chained to a desk for eight hours per day. What's more, keeping a positive mental attitude can really help you through life - and add years to it!

Australians are living longer than ever - but how?
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