Thursday, April 3, 2008

Barbara Walters Presents "Live to 150 ... Can You Do It?"

Tuesday night, ABC News presented Live to 150, Can You Do It? - Secrets to Living Longer with Barbara Walters.

I watched the show Tuesday night and I enjoyed it. However I was a little disappointed that they did not talk about anyone who had already lived past 150 years, such as Li Ching Yun, who died in 1933 at the age of 256 years.

In the show, they brought up a couple of interesting secrets to extending our lives. One segment in the show described how a phytoalexin called resveratrol found in red wine which is believed to extend people's lifespans.

In another segment of the show, they discussed people who practiced "Calorie Restrictive" diets. There is some evidence that this too can extend our quality of life.

My intentions for researching supercentenarians was to find out how these amazing people survive for so many years. I fully believed that if we could model the lifestyle of these supercentenarians, we too could live a much longer and healthier life style.

What I did find in my research was that all of them drank an average of one glass of red wine per day, none of the them were 100% vegitarians, and all of them ate a calorie restrictive diets.

Perhaps, we are heading in the same direction with our research; with the only difference being that we are taking totally different paths in getting to the real "Fountain of Youth".

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