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Live To Be 100

How To Live To Be 100

By Edward H. Schuster, MD

  • Take Vacations. Enjoy Life, this is Not a dress rehearsal

  • Be Lucky & Blessed. There are 105,000 people in the USA 100 years old. 80% are women
  • Be Proactive, Not Reactive.Feel young. Take your pills!
  • Have Good Genes.
  • Be Aware of Your “Family Tree”. What diseases run in your family?
  • No Smoking! 21% of people smoke. There are 10 million deaths a year, most in developing countries. No light smoking.
  • Married people live 7 years longer. No anger. Keep socially engaged, live with someone. Have friends and limit TV
  • The less air pollution & traffic, the better. Live in a nice neighborhood
  • Be Weary of Dangerous Days
  • Stay Out of the Hospital. Protect yourself in the hospital, check medications and wash your hands
  • Education. Go to school, keep exercising your mind – it prevents Alzheimer’s by 12%
  • Exercise. Any type, four days a week. Balance training for seniors. Have a slow heart rate
  • Wear Seatbelts – 13% of people don’t
  • Don’t Drink and Drive. Tell your teenagers – 6,000 teens die in car crashes a year
  • Wear Helmets When bikr-riding, skiing, snowboarding, motorcycling. No texting or cell phones
  • Religion. Going to church or synagogue or mosque adds 7 years to your life
  • Cholesterol Level. Keep it below 200. Don’t live near fast food restaurants and be careful in restaurants
  • HDL – The “good” cholesterol. Keep it above 45
  • LDL – The “bad” cholesterol. Keep it below 80. High risk patients: keep it under 70. Get to 60 for Drano effect
  • Triglycerides – The “bad” fats. Keep the level below 100
  • Be Skinny. Obesity kills, 36% of people are obese. Have skinny friends. No sugar or trans-fats
  • Olive Oil. Or canola/peanut oil. Avoid vegetable oil, butter and margarine
  • Fish. Salmon, Cod, Anchovies. Limit Tilapia
  • Nuts. Walnuts, flaxseed, and almonds are best. Eat oatmeal, high fiber cereals, brown rice and potatoes. No white bread
  • Veggies & Fruits. Especially root veggies. Broccoli, tomatoes, blueberries (the perfect fruit) and cranberries
  • Drink Alcohol. Any kind, or grape juice. 1-2 drinks per day
  • Control Blood Pressure with lifestyle choices & possibly medication. Aim for 120/80
  • Mammograms. If over 40 years old, they should be annual. Self breast examinations
  • PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) Blood Test. If over 40, this is a MUST for men
  • Colon Cancer Screening. Worth the hassle. Colon cancer is treatable & preventable. Start at 40-50
  • Dentition Less plaque in your mouth, less plaque in your arteries. Brush your teeth 2x a day
  • Stress Tests. Much less stressful than colon cancer screening. Test once a year
  • AED. Consider a home automatic defibrillator if you are high risk. Philips home unit is now under $1000
  • Test for Lyme and Diabetes
  • Hs CRP (C-Reactive Protein). Blood test gauges a body’s inflammation levels & heart attack risk
  • Statins For High Cholesterol. These prevent stroke/heart attack if diet isn’t enough
  • Baby Aspirin. 81mg for any man over 40 or any woman over 65. 81mg for any woman over 40 with cardiac risk factors. Aspirin also prevents colon cancer.
  • Vitamins. Vitamin D yes, maybe Vitamin C, Calcium, Green Tea, Red Rice Yeast. No Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Vitamin A, Folic Acid or Fish Oil
  • Hormones. Not cardio protective, some are bad for the heart especially over the age of 60
  • Sex. Quality and quantity are important. ED is a warning sign
  • Stress Management. Laugh, enjoy family and weekends. No overtime. Don’t be hostile and be conscientious

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