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What do centenarians around the world eat?

Discussion in 'Diabetes Discussions' started by Cocosilk, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    I have a book and several articles written by a man born in 1820 in a small East Lancashire village. He was a social historian and prolific collector of family tit bits from around his village and surrounding areas. He wrote throughout his life. He was in his late 90's when he died (having recently married his much, much younger housekeeper). He mentions a few times that if one can pass the measles stage without mishap, and survive childbirth, one tends to live to a ripe old age.
     
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  2. SaskiaKC

    SaskiaKC Type 2 · Expert

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    I have passed both measles stages, mumps, and chickenpox, and I will never have to worry about surviving childbirth! So hopefully I will continue on enjoying life for awhile. Something to look forward to on my 68th birthday! :)
     
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  3. SaskiaKC

    SaskiaKC Type 2 · Expert

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    Just don't ever go hiking the Appalachian Trail without a snakebite kit in your backpack. ;)
     
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    tonybird · Newbie

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    they eat whatever they want.
     
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    Deborah5832 · Member

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    My mother is 92 and has broken every dietary/health rule in the book. Smoked like a chimney for 50 years, drank like a fish for decades, lived on fast food and junk food, never exercised a day in her life, was overweight and had untreated higher blood pressure for years. No diabetes, no liver or kidney or heart disease
    Oh I wish I had her genes. So much is the luck of the draw
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  6. SaskiaKC

    SaskiaKC Type 2 · Expert

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    You do have her genes. :) Who knows, you may live to be 93 or more! :)
     
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  7. Cocosilk

    Cocosilk Gestational · Well-Known Member

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    I wonder if that holds true for those older folk who are surviving covid 19... Maybe they are also the ones who got through measles and childbirth too.
     
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  8. Cocosilk

    Cocosilk Gestational · Well-Known Member

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    Makes me think we are all obsessing over diet unnecessarily because it seems there's a lot more that goes into who gets ill and why.
    I heard an interview with one centenarian talking about what her secret to old age might be and all she said was something along the lines of "I don't hold grudges. People have hurt me many times in life. I just let go and move on." She was eating spaghetti and meatballs during the interview so she probably doesn't have diabetes either.
     
  9. TriciaWs

    TriciaWs Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    soups, stews - all very popular for older people whose teeth are missing or dodgy
     
  10. Robbity

    Robbity Type 2 · Expert

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    For semi-toothless old me, sausages and mince in various forms (burgers, meatballs) work well, most fish doesn't need a lot of serious chewing either, and chocolate is melt in the mouth, so no need for carby bread or porridge - ever!

    My ancient mum's solution to any potential toothy problems was to have all her own teeth extracted :wacky::eek: when she was in her late 40s, and relied on dentures for the next 40+ years....
     
  11. Fairygodmother

    Fairygodmother Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My aunt, who lived to 93, was slim and active, was persnickety-fussy about everything she ate; my husband’s s aunt, who lived to 92, was plump and did very little exercise, ate anything and everything she wanted. I still reckon it’s telomere length and genes, accidents and misadventures plus geographical and historical chances that affect lifespan.
     
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  12. Antechinus

    Antechinus Don't have diabetes · Well-Known Member

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    It's the amount of carbs that you eat, how frequently you eat them throughout the day, and if you mix them with fats. Factor in your genetics and sooner or later hyperinsulinemia wins out and hyperglycemia ensues.
     
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  13. lucylocket61

    lucylocket61 Type 2 · Expert

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    Most people, regardless of their carb intake, do not become type 2 diabetics. For the majority of people carbs are not harmful.
     
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  14. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Check out America with 88% of adults metabolically unhealthy?
     
  15. Tophat1900

    Tophat1900 Type 3c · Well-Known Member

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    That's a rather broad sweeping absolute statement. I can't say I'd agree with it.
     
  16. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    How is this "metabolically unhealthy" defined?
     
  17. Mbaker

    Mbaker Type 2 (in remission!) · Well-Known Member

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    Yup there is a genetic lottery. It looks from the anecdotes that it is a small minority that can eat, drink, smoke, be overweight etc and have a long lifespan, maybe some of the 12% by US figures who are metabolically healthy in a sea of sewage (my opinion of SAD eating).

    For the rest of us it might be prudent to not rely on luck and stack the cards more in our own favour.

    Healthspan I feel is as important as lifespan I.e. being vibrant and active aka Norman Wisdom, Bruce Forsyth - note their physical performance levels in later life.

    I would prefer to live to 85 walking in Wales, and drop dead, on no pills, walking aids, in and out of Doctors / hospitals, than 90 with the last 20 years vice versa.
     
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  18. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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  19. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    If 6% of the UK population have diabetes that means 94%, presumably most of whom eat carbs, do not - a big majority as @lucylocket61 says.
     
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  20. bulkbiker

    bulkbiker Type 2 · Oracle

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    Yet?
     
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