Dare to Be 100: Get Smart, Live Long

September 19, 2014 3:44 PM

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I am a geriatrician, a physician who studies those things that get in the way of any of us living all of our fully allotted 100 years. Numerous risk factors have been securely identified. Smoking being the most evident. Gluttony and sloth both shorten life. High risk occupations (miners), inability to cope with stress are also agreed upon life shorteners.

Ian Dreary, director of the University of Edinburgh's Center for Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Epidemiology, says that more important than all of the above demons regarding longevity is intelligence. A remarkable study was conducted in Scotland June 1, 1932 on 87,000 children born on that day who we...

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