How to live to 110

Last night I attended a RSA talk on how to live to 110 with Professor Brian Kirby. It was an entertaining talk however the news that 1 in 4 teenagers will live to see their 100th Birthday somehow didn’t fill me joy. Do we really want to be that old? Won’t this planet become way too overpopulated?

He said we have three choices in life:

  • Early death
  • Decrepitude
  • Healthy vigor

A supercentenarian is someone who has lived to 110 years. There are estimated to be 300 – 450 living super centenarians in the world although this hasn’t been verified. The oldest verified person ever is Jeanne Calment who died in 1997 at the age of 122 years 164 days. At age 85, she took up  fencing and continued to ride her bicycle up until her 100th birthday.

I have done some further research and it turtns out she put her longevity and youthful appearance for her age to olive oil which she said she poured on all her food and rubbed onto her skin, as well as a diet of port wine and ate nearly one kilo of chocolate every week. There is hope for us yet! It was also good to hear Brian talk about mental wellbeing and staying positive as a precursor of longevity.

Brian Kirby, OBE Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Exeter and Honorary Professor, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry and a retired Consultant Physician, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

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