11 Scientifically Proven Tips to Help You Live to 100

Healthy habits likely to extend and improve your life, according to research

At first thought, living longer may seem like a complete blessing. Who wouldn’t want more time in a life that is so short and unpredictable? Who wouldn’t be grateful for those extra years? [slideshow:1064]

Certainly living a long, healthy life is something that everyone wants, but that kind of longevity doesn’t just happen by accident. People that live to 120+ years old seem to have struck a magical balance between quality genetics and very healthy habits, which is why they are often the subject of research, media attention and admiration.

While you can’t do anything to change your genetic makeup, there are a few things you can do to lengthen your life. We’ve taken a look at some of the research on health and longevity to find a few of the most essential tips for living to a ripe old age, while giving yourself the best shot at health in those last few years.

A popular quote by Abraham Lincoln states, “in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” We say, why can’t you have it all? Read on to see the 11 scientifically proven tips to help you live to 100.

Wear Sunscreen

You’ve certainly heard it before, but it’s time to take this tip seriously. Not only does ditching the sunscreen make you look older, but it frequently causes skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, affecting more than 3.5 million people each year. Melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer will affect 76,000 people in 2014, according to cancer.org.

Related: 11 Myths About Sunscreen (And How to Protect Your Skin Properly)

Drink Coffee

Researchers at Brooklyn College found that a few cups of coffee could significantly lower the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease. The study took place over the course of 10 years and followed 1,354 elderly subjects; those who drank caffeinated coffee were about 50 percent less likely to suffer fatal cardiovascular disease or heart valve disease. 

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