How The World's Oldest People Lived So Long

| by Michael Allen

Physicians, scientists and university researchers often give us advice on how to live longer lives.

The Independent has published advice and lifestyles of the ten oldest people who ever lived. Interestingly, they are all female.

Jeanne Calment (pictured), the oldest human who lived to be 122 years old, reportedly had "an occasional glass of Port wine and a diet rich in olive oil."

Calment, who lived from 1875-1997, met the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh whom she said was "dirty, badly dressed and disagreeable."

Sarah Knauss, who was 119, enjoyed needlepoint and watching golf on TV. She ate milk chocolate, nuts and potato chips.

Misao Okawa clocked in at 117 by eating sushi, ramen noodles, beef stew and hashed beef.

María Capovilla lived to be 116 years old. She drank donkey milk, never smoked and ate small meals on a regular schedule.

Gertrude Weaver, who also lived to be 116, advised, "Trusting in the Lord, hard work and loving everybody."

In more health news, researchers at MIT claim they were able to help people retrieve their lost memories with optogenetics (using light to activate brain cells) reports

The medical study, published in the journal Science, addresses whether retrograde amnesia is caused by certain brain cells being damaged (storage theory) or if access to specific memories is somehow blocked.

Susumu Tonegawa, the Picower Professor in MIT's Department of Biology, said, "The majority of researchers have favored the storage theory, but we have shown in this paper that this majority theory is probably wrong. Amnesia is a problem of retrieval impairment."

Sources: The Independent,
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