Emma Morano on her 117 th birthday. Morano attributed her longevity to genetics and raw eggs but had no comment on bacon. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/ Reuters
Stay away from men
In 2015, Jessie Gallan, then Scotland’s oldest female, told reporters that her” secret to a long life has been staying away from humen. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth “. Gallan, who passed away subsequently that year at the grand old age of 109, also advised regularly feeing porridge.
As it turns out, recommendations that you stay away from humen if you would like a long and healthy life are rife. In 2011 Gladys Gough, from England, put her longevity down to never getting married or having a boyfriend.” That probably had something to do with it. I just couldn’t be bothered with humen .”
Then there’s Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, who died in 2015 at the impressive age of 127. According to her family, the Mexican woman credited her long life, in part, to never getting married.
Lots of chocolate and naps
Earlier this year Eunice Modlin, from Indiana, celebrated her 102 nd birthday. A milestone marked by a lifetime of chocolate and snoozing apparently. ” She has two pieces of dark chocolate a day and takes a nap ,” her granddaughter explained. Modlin also never smoked or drink, and always got a lot of exercise. But I’m going to swear it’s the napping and chocolate that kept her running.
A glass of Guinness a day keeps the doctor away
Doris Olive Netting celebrated her 100 thbirthday last Friday with a glass of Guinness. The centenarian from Britain says she’s had a glass of Guinness a day for nearly 70 years.” She refuses to go a day without drinking it ,” her granddaughter told the Sun.
Bacon holds you going
When Ruth Benjamin of Marshall, Illinois, turned 109 she put her advanced age down to a stable wedding , not drinking, and a love of bacon. Good news if you’re more of an eggs than a bacon person: Emma Morano, who died aged 117 last year, attributed her longevity to good genes and three eggs a day. Two of which were raw.
Basically, don’t die
For the record I’d advise against immediately incorporating six G& Ts and lots of chocolate into your daily diet. All of the advice above was likely to be taken with a pinch of salt( not too much- sodium is bad for your heart ). Ultimately, the only iron-clad advice is Overton’s. Try not to die!
This article was corrected on 11 May to remove a reference to the health-giving benefits of gin.