You might think that reaching the century mark is a long shot, but more and more people are living to 100. Here’s how they’re doing it.
10 Join the Century Club
More and more Americans are living to 100. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of Americans 100 years old or older increased by nearly 41 percent between 2000 and 2014. “For the average American, about 20 percent of life expectancy is genes, and the other 80 percent is lifestyle,” says Dan Beuttner, author of the book The Blue Zones, an exploration of five places around the world that have the highest populations of people who live to 100. “Healthy habits can help eliminate the diseases that tend to shorten your life—such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.” Here are the lifestyle changes that seem to make the most impact.