The key ingredients are simple according to Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. “Refrain from smoking, maintain healthy cholesterol levels and confine themselves to four cups of coffee a day” says Dr Lars Wilhelmsen.
The study analysed data on 855 Swedish men born in 1913, including 10 who are over the age of 100. The scientists were able to identify factors that promoted longevity of life, particularly after the age of 55.
The study also showed that it also helps to own a house by the age of 50 — indicating a high standard of living — display a good level of middle-age fitness and to have a mother who lived a long time.
The research found that 27 per cent of the study participants survived to the age of 80 and 13 per cent to 90.
Of all the deaths occurring after the age of 80, 42 per cent were attributed to heart disease, 20 per cent to infection, 8 per cent to stroke, eight per cent to cancer, six per cent to pneumonia, and 16 per cent to other causes.
You can find the complete findings in the Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal.