Very interesting research published on, examining the reasons why Centenarians live so long.

Whilst there’s no particular patterns as the summary below shows, Centenarians overwhelmingly cite stress as the most important thing to avoid. Whilst their lives are marked by many stressful events, they differ in how well they manage their stress!

Summary from full article on

‘Centenarians are the fastest growing segment of the US population, with numbers doubling every decade; by the year 2050, the number of people who will have reached the century mark is expected to pass one million

Research shows centenarians have 60 percent lower rates of heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure, yet scientific explanations for their health and longevity remain elusive

Centenarians as a group are happy and optimistic and have extremely low rates of depression and other psychiatric problems, suggesting that personality traits may be one of the most significant factors in longevity

Hundreds of centenarians have been interviewed about what they believe explains their long life, and 10 key themes have been identified

If you want to live to be 100, there are four key nutrients important for overall brain health, helping prevent dementia and cognitive decline: vitamin D, DHA, folate, and magnesium’