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Simple Rules to Follow if You Want to Live to 100

Sure, your genes have something to do with your life span, but the doctors the author spoke to agreed that simple things can make a big dent in your risk of chronic disease. You won't just live longer-you'll make those (many, many) years count. Check out these simple rules in the article below. Team RetyrSmart

Simple Rules to Follow if You Want to Live to 100

Stop smoking

Four years after doing so, your chance of having a heart attack falls to that of someone who has never smoked. After ten years, your lung cancer risk drops to nearly that of a nonsmoker. Use the tricks ex-smokers used to put down cigarettes for good.

Exercise daily

Thirty minutes of activity is all that's necessary. Three ten-minute walks will do it. Learn exactly how much daily activity will help you live longer.

Eat your produce

Fruit, vegetables ... whatever your favorites are, just make sure you eat them every day. This is exactly how many fruits and veggies will help you live longer.

Get screened

No need to go test-crazy; just get the health screenings recommended for your stage of life. Check with your doctor to make sure you're up-to-date.

Make sleep a priority

For most adults who want to live to 100, that means seven to eight hours every night. If you have a tough time turning off the light, remember that sleep deprivation raises the risk of heart disease, cancer, and more.

Ask your doctor about low-dose aspirin

Heart attack, stroke, even cancer-a single 81 mg tablet per day may fight them all. (Aspirin comes with risks, though, so don't start on your own.)

Know your blood pressure numbers

It's not called the silent killer just to give your life a little more drama. Keep yours under 120/80 if you want to live to 100.

Stay connected

Loneliness is another form of stress. Friends, family, and furry pets help you feel loved.

Cut back on saturated fat

It's the raw material your body uses for producing LDL, bad cholesterol. Plus, avoid these other foods you should never eat if you want to live a long life.

Get help for depression

It doesn't just feel bad; it does bad things to your body. In fact, when tacked onto diabetes and heart disease, it increases risk of early death by as much as 30 percent.

Manage your stress

The doctors we surveyed say that living with uncontrolled stress is more destructive to your health than being 30 pounds overweight.

Have a higher purpose

As one physician advised, "Strive to achieve something bigger than yourself." By giving back, you give to yourself.

Load up at breakfast

People in “Blue Zones”-areas with high life expectancies-eat the most at breakfast, then have little or nothing for dinner. Front-loading calories can ward off hungry all day, keeping your weight in check.

Start fasting

You don't need to go days without food. Simply limiting eating to eight hours of the day gives your body more time to finish its six to twelve hours of digestion. After that, it goes into "fasting" mode, burning stored fat. New research suggests intermittent fasting-cycling between fasting and non-fasting-can slow down aging.

Save up

Most people who live to 100 are financially secure. Worrying about money (and how to pay for healthcare) could get in the way of a long, healthy life.

Focus on the good stuff

Research shows people who live to 100 tend to complain less than younger adults. Their lack of gripes could mean they're better at handling bad situations. Check out these other 15 signs you could live to 100. ...............