Feb 282011

How many of us can live until 100 years old? According to a research, the average life span of a man is 70 and 75 for a woman. There are many factors that affect the human’s longevity such as living lifestyle, environmental pollution and diseases.

According to the Wikipedia, the oldest person ever in the world was Jeanne Calment, a French woman who died at the age of 122 years, 164 days in 1997. On 31 January, 2011, the world’s oldest living person, Eunice Sanborn was died at the age of 114 years, 195 days. Currently, Besse Cooper from United States became the World’s oldest living person upon Sanborn’s death. Her age is 114 years, 186 days as of 28 February 2011.

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Top 5 Oldest People Living Supercentenarians

There are currently 91 verified living supercentenarians (living people who have reached the age of at least 110 years). Among the 91 living supercentenarians, only 6 of them are male and the rest 85 are female. Below is a list of top 5 oldest verified living Supercentenarians in our world.

Name Sex Birth Date Age as of Feb, 2011 Country
Besse Cooper Female 26 August 1896 114 years, 186 days United States
Walter Breuning Male 21 September 1896 114 years, 160 days United States
Chiyono Hasegawa Female 20 November 1896 114 years, 100 days Japan
Venere Pizzinato Female 23 November 1896 114 years, 97 days Italy
Shige Hirooka Female 16 January 1897 114 years, 43 days Japan

Source: List of living supercentenarians


Based on the list of verified living supercentenarians, I notice that one third of living supercentenarians are Japanese (34 people of total 91 people). What is actually contributes to their longevity? Is it modern medication or healthy lifestyle including Japanese food?  Well, I guess the scientist will find out the truth and more people will enjoy the longer life in this world.

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