While luck and genetics play roles in longevity, lifestyle factors shouldn’t be ignored. It’s been proven eliminating and changing bad habits can help increase your odds of reaching age 100.
Start with what you can do, like quitting smoking, limiting alcohol, upping your intake of fruits and veggies, exercising regularly and keeping stress in check.
“The principles are not really rocket science, it turns out genetic factors and having parents or near relatives (live to 100) is helpful but not sufficient,” says Dr. Victor Hirth, chief, division of geriatrics at University of South Carolina School of Medicine. “You really want to focus on the things you have some control over and optimize those.”