Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) July 22, 2009 -- The Centenarian Club for those over 100 years of age was practically nonexistent in recent years. Nowadays it is becoming more and more populated.
Researchers today reveal that there will be almost 6 million centenarians by the middle of the 21st century. As the average age is pressed toward the 50 mark, the opinions of 'old' and 'middle-age' will be confronted.
There are today approximately 340,000 people 100 years and older across the world today. The largest concentrations being in the United States and Japan, with its low-fat diet of rice and fish. It is estimated that 1% of Japanâs residents will be centenarians by 2050. Singapore, Italy, Greece and Monaco with their warm climates, will also have a large share of centenarians, mainly amongst the women.
This predictable increase has been attributed to advanced diet and medical progress, which have reduced heart disease and stroke. Some believe genetics, as well as life style play an important role in longevity. Doctors are also responding more forcefully to ailments of people who were once thought too old for such attention.
With the Guinness Book of Record as the oldest man alive and the second last remaining World War 1 veteran, Henry Allingham has died at the age of 113.
Allingham was very active right up to his last days, his zest for living being unusual. Chief executive of St Dunstan's care home in Ovinden, near Brighton, on the South Coast of England said "As well as possessing a great spirit of fun, he represented the last of a generation who gave a very great deal for us".
Drinking milk at 3.p.m, reading newspapers and keeping a diary was the secret of Tomoji Tanabe. Former oldest record-holder who died in June, in Miyazaki Prefecture of Japan, also aged 113.
Habib Miyan, a man alleged to be 138 years old, holds the record for being the longest standing aged pensioner, having received retirement payments since 1938. He died at his home in India, in Aug 2008.
Scientists have believed since the 1930's that eating for long life is a real possibility, due to a technique that sharply limits food intake, by up to as much as 30% below a regular diet. Many considered this calorie limitation, or a regime of permanent dieting, is a method to ensure longevity.
Following researchers at the University of Wisconsin publishing a paper on the theme in a science magazine, new momentum was given to scientist and companies, including GlaxoSmithKline PLC, to look for a drug to copy the beneficial effects of a meager regime in humans, without the feeling of near-starvation.
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