Life Expectancy - Living Longer!

Will I Make 100 years?

What do you think your life expectancy will be? The average life expectancy in the U. S is 78.1 years. Do you want to live to be 100 years of age? Some people, approximately 10,000 worldwide are “slow agers.” Of course, you will not know if you are going to live to be 100 until those birthday candles are lit. Personally, I don’t particularly have a desire to live to be 100, but I would like to live to a nice old age without disabilities. Good health is my personal goal.

Elderly Couple out for a Stroll


Family History Best Predictor

A study done in 2002, called the New England Centenarian Study found that if you have a parent, sibling or grandparent who has achieved an age of 90+, they have a 17% greater chance of reaching 100. Other studies have also found that the genetic link is a good predictor of longevity.

Numerous colleges and medical research facilities are doing research into aging and how a persons family history impacts their life expected. Furthermore, a great deal of research is being done on telomeres, which is a portion at the end of the DNA on a long strand of a chromosome. You might thing of it like a shoestring tip that keeps the shoestring from unraveling.

DNA Strands with White Telomeres on the Ends

Human chromosomes capped by telomeres (white)
Human chromosomes capped by telomeres (white) | Source

What is a Telomere?

Researchers can determine a cell’s age and how many more times it will replicate by determining the length of the telomere. Typically cells divide 50 times over a lifetime and when they stops dividing the cell enters into a decline know as “cell senescense.”Telomeres don’t copy DNA information in the same way other DNA cells do when they divide. Telomeres also get shorter every time a cell divides; therefore, they get shorter as we age.

Franklin Benjamin Bean 1827-1907

One of my Genealogy Photos
One of my Genealogy Photos

Can you increase your chance to reach 100?

Studies vary but the University of Pittsburgh study found that faster walkers live longer. They tested 35,000 subjects that were 65 or older.They concluded that a gait speed increase of 0.1 meters per second resulted in a 12% decrease in the risk of death. This held true for both sexes, with the most significant gains reached after the age of 75. Typically by age 80 gait speed has slowed 10-20%.

How to be Happy in Life

One thing that can impact your age negatively are social isolation. It is important to have friends and social engagements improve health. The Longevity Project found that religious women live longer with a study of 1500. The conclusion was the social side of the church was the reason, as the women engaged in church activities like clothing drives or volunteering in soup kitchens. Also, in this study they found that people who had civic engagements, were active in their communities and volunteer also lived longer.

Lavina Norris Bean 1804-1888

One of my genealogy photos
One of my genealogy photos

Gender Differences

There is a gender difference as in 2010, there were 80,000 centenarians in the United States and 85% were women.Scientist do not entirely know why this is true, however, the gap is slowly narrowing.

There is a bit of good news for men because if they do reach the century mark on average they are typically healthier. While women survive medical catastrophes more of them are disabled.

Change of Life Babies Helpful!

Another interesting aspect of the New England Centenarian Study is that women who have babies in their late 30’s and 40’s have extended life spans. Scientist believe that it isn’t having the baby that adds years to their lives, but the fact that they can still naturally conceive a child at that age, as this is an indicator that their reproductive system is aging slowly.

100 Year Olds Rock!


Further Considerations

Interestingly enough a moderate amount of anxiety and worry is associated with a 50% decreased risk of death in any year. The thought is moderate worriers tend to live a more cautious lifestyle, not taking up dangerous sports and they plan for alternatives.

This year Albert Einstein College of Medicine studied the lifestyles of 477 adults, ages ranging from 95-112 and found that this group had no better health habits than a comparison group they had done, with one exception. The people in this group were much less obese.

Dr. Oz on Living Longer

How Long Will I Live?

There is a Life Expectancy Calculator on line where you can answer several questions and they will give you a projected life expectancy. If you want to take the test, this is the website:

I can only conclude that your family history is the primary factor in longevity, however, the other factors should extend you life and the quality of your life will be better. Remember quality may be more important than quantity.

© 2011 Pamela Oglesby

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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

This is a very interesting piece Pamela99.

Made me remember about a news I read recently about Japan. They say that Japan has one of the longest life spans in the world and that the Japanese women lead Japanese men in terms of life expectancy. The news did not mention whether or not the women were brisk walkers but it did mention some good things about the Japanese diet in general. It said that Japanese diet is so healthy that people can live up to 100 without any chronic ailments or infectious diseases.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

kerlynb, I think when you get past genetics that diet is probably the most important component. Thank you for sharing that information on Japan.

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alphagirl 5 years ago from USA

Genetics after 50, past life style, current dietary habits, stress, having a support system, thinking positive, moderate exercise, like walking daily, having a pet or someone to care about, letting go of past hurts and the environmental factor helps longevity.

My sister-inlaw was a tai chi instructor, ate healthy never smoked, cooked gourmet healthy meals, at age 55 died of lung cancer. The doctors NEVER checked her lungs because she never smoked. She complained of loss of breath. She was diagnosed in July 2010 and passed Dec 2011.

No family history. Shocking to all of us. So I am stumped about longevity and everything we are told to do to be healthy.

Japan had that nuclear leak. It will be interesting to see what happens with longevity.

All their farming sources near that area were contaminated. We may not know until the next generation of kids born.

I liked your hub. Food for thought and it sheds light on many things regarding longevity.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

alphagirl, I'm sorry about the loss of your sister. I have a friend who is fighting that battle right now. Lung cancer is often caused by second hand smoke. I have some lung disease and have never smoked either but grew up around smokers. Even doing all the right things doesn't guarantee longevity as accidents happen, and so forth. It is hard not to think the Japanese who were exposed won't pay a price medically unfortunately.

Thanks so much for all of your comments. All any of us can do is make the best choices we can for our lives.

kimberlyslyrics 5 years ago

My grandma did 108

primarily because of the exact points you talk about

I just love original positive content

awesome write Pamela

besides your one of the good ones

may you beat my granny

great research

must have been a lot of work

thank you


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

Interesting hub. I would only want to be that old if I stayed healthy. I did give birth at 43 which is in my favour.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Kimberly, I'd say that having a grandmother that lived to be 108 is good news for you also. Thank you so much for your comments.

Gypsy Willow, That is in your favor and I agree with your sentiments. Thanks for your comments.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Man's life expectancy has been reduced due to the increase in disease, the kinds of diet (food) and our lifestyle. My great grandmother live to way over 100.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Cardisa, It sounds like you have great genes also. Thanks for your comment.

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incomeguru 5 years ago from Lagos

My grandma was 113 before she died early this year.

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MikeNV 5 years ago from Henderson, NV

Dr. Weil has the best philosophy on aging and living long. Live as long as you can then when it's time have a rapid decline. I'm with you that living to be 100 doesn't matter if you are not healthy. You can't enjoy living if you are in poor health. Nice article I read it top to bottom and all your points are on point! Voting up!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

incomeguru, Wow! I would say you probably have some great DNA, assuming people from the other side of the family have lived to a good age. Thanks for the comments.

MikeNV, I like the philosophies of of Dr. Weil also. Thank you so much for your comments.

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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

I do intend to live to be at least 100 -with good health, physically and mentally. I'll be 80 Feb. 2, 2012, so have shown myself I have a good start on that. I am healthy, active and full of life. It's not just by accident. One must give one's mind and body the right help. There really is little mystery to those measures which help or those which don't. I started life with several health issues, in fact. Perhaps that helped alert and make me aware. Who know? We make choices every step of the way and they accumulate.

Of course, there are factors which no one can counterbalance completely, but there are usually choices and directions to be chosen which help immeasurably And there is a lot of common sense involved - 'balance' is a key word, along with 'moderation' - and I admit I like extremes - but not when they're unhealthy.

Worrying about not worrying is truly sad and many folks may do just that. Knowing one's own tolerances is valuable and giving oneself some leeway, is, also!

I''m so glad you've written on this very important subject, Pamela!

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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

Interesting information in here, Pam. The debil called Curiosity made me take the test and I'm not sure if it is a good thing to know that I will die at the age of 75...

Voted up, interesting and inspiring.

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Well you can bet i will pick up my pace when walking on the treadmill. I believe an active lifestyle is the key to longevity and of course happiness..Now i 'gotta get out of this chair and move. Ha..Interesting hub..

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

So much truth here, Pamela. Thank you for sharing it. I believe that genetics play the biggest part in determining if you will live a long life. Followed by a positive state of mind, healthy eating, continual exercise and remaining as stress-free as possible.

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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

up, awesome, useful, and interesting article Pamela. This really gets me thinking about how unique the body is. A perfect design per say. I don't doubt one bit in the near future that they can be copied and the life expectancy will continue to climb. Great points and facts. Being healthy is a great personal goal Pamela. Best wishes.

SusieQ42 5 years ago

Great hub, Pamela! My grandparents on both sides, passed away in their mid 80's, but my dad's sisters didn't die until their mid 90's. Guess that's good news!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Martie, I don't think the test takes absolutely everything into account and you may very well lived beyond 75. Thank you so much for your comments.

always exploring, I do think remaining active is the real key to longevity and I'm picking up my pace also. I appreciate your comments.

drbj, I think you summed up the article quite well in your paragraph as to what is important. Thanks so much for your comments.

Thelyricwriter, I agree with you that the body is a perfect design and I think the average death rate will definitely increase along with technology. Thank you so much for your comments.

SusieQ42, I'd say that's good news for you as you have quite a number of family members that live to a ripe old age. Thank you so much for your comments.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Nellieanna, I think you will live to see 100 as you have followed a healthy physical and mental lifestyle, and, of course, you are a healthy 80 year old. I very much appreciate your comments with which I fully agree.

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b. Malin 5 years ago

Wonderful Hub Pamela, lots of good and useful information. I am stubborn enough to believe after all is said and done...That one's will and determination also play a Big part in how long they will live. My stepmother lived to be 92, and yet her parents died in their late 50's and maybe early 70's.

At a party we attended a Gypsy read my Palm and said, that I would live to be at least 99... and I smiled and said..."Is that all"? She smiled at me and replied, "I said at least"! I look forward to Following your Hubs. Hope you will check out my Hubs as well.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

b. Malin, That is an interesting reading you got from the gypsy. I think self determination is certainly a factor and I appreciate your comments.

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creativelycc 5 years ago from Maine

Excellent and encouraging hub. I really enjoyed reading this. I have a goal of living to be 106 years old. My grandmother lived to be 105, I want to beat her by 1 year. Thank you

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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

GREAT HUB!!!!! It's not how long we live now, but what we do while were living to get us eternal life. But while we are living here on earth we should take care of our temple so we can be an instrument for God to reach His people! Voted-Up on this Hub! I have missed you!!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

creativelycc, If you like you've got a good chance of beating her record. Thank you for your comments.

Treat could naturally, I'm glad to enjoyed the hub and I appreciate your comments..

drpastorcroletta, I agree with your comments and it is good to see you here also. Thank you so much. God bless.

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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is a very good informative hub. Very interesting indeed.

I think drbj put it in a nutshell. We need to look after our bodies and our minds.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Rosemary, drbj always has a way of summing things up nicely. Thank you for your comments.

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bangingbeauty 5 years ago

I took the life expectancy calculator and it says I will live up to 93. Not too bad!

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kellymom1970 5 years ago

Pamela99, What a great hub. I like history and genealogy.I don't care if I live to 80 or 100 as long as I am healthy, and not I a bed. I think quality is better than living longer. I HOPE YOU LIVE UNTIL 100 YEARS AND MORE. Say Healthy!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

bangingbeauty, That would be good enough for me. Thanks for your comment.

kellymom, I agree you. I hope you live 100 healthy years also. Thanks for the comments.

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

What a great hub Pamela, I always so enjoy reading your informative articles. I aim to stay young in mind and body and strive to achieve that aim by being sensible with my diet and taking sufficient exercise. Living and enjoying the moment and with a smile on my face, regardless of hardships is the way to longevity I think! Voting up and pressing those buttons too!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

acetnna, I think you have the perfect plan for a quality life.

Thanks so much for your comments.

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debbie roberts 5 years ago from Greece

It's not looking too good for me....I'm always being told I walk too slowly and I'm not the most social of people - but on the other hand I've been trying to plan a Halleys Comet party for when it next comes into our atmosphere in 2061. I'm hoping to be a healthy and spritly 92 years old. Positive thinking will help I hope.

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festersporling1 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

My 4 grandparents have made it to the average age of 85. I am not really sure how long I want to live to. But I think quality of life is important.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

debbie roberts, I think positive thinking is a major factor. Regular exercise is important and could certainly makeup for walking slow. Thank you for your comments.

Declatte, Thank you for the compliments. I am interested in many things, so I write a variety of things.

festersporling1, I feel the same way. Thank you for your comments.

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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

What an interesting topic, and so relevant in today's world of medical breakthroughs.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

stephaniedas, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you for your comments.

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susan54 5 years ago

pamela99, We are all getting older. I try to stay young a heart.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

susan, Young at heart is wonderful. Thanks for your comment.

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Stress will be the most factor in today's world. Mostly finances. Those rotten bankers have a lot to answer for.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Hello, Too much stress isn't good got s long life. Thanks for your comments.

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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

Certainly my grandfather lived a considerably long life of 93 years, and for most of his life he seemed reasonably healthy as an ox. He didn't always have the HEALTHIEST of lifestyles, but certainly he thought of his body as his castle, and I think the proof wound up in the pudding.

I hope I too can live a long life. Just so long as I can enjoy it. I don't want to live to 100 if I have to do it in a nursing home, for example.

As for why 85% of women live to be 100? The men must age from all the nagging.

LOL. I mean that in jest of course. We men love our wives very much, and quite frankly I cannot live without mine...

Putting my shovel down and closing this remark now. Keep on hubbing.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Springboard, I love your remarks. You certainly have longevity in your genes. Did you know married men live longer than single ones? Maybe some of their wives don't nag too much. Thanks for the comments.

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Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

Hmm. No. I didn't know that. Perhaps that may be because wives don't let their men die before they've completed all of their tasks?

Oaky, still digging. I'm stopping now. :)

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Springboard, Digging but very funny! Thanks for the comments.

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Amber Allen 5 years ago

Hi Pamela

This is a very interesting hub, the connection between how fast you walk and how long you live is one that I'd never come across before. I'll have to step up my pace a little!

My approach to ageing is very similar to yours as it is the quality of life that matters but reaching 100 gets one day nearer each day!

Best wishes


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Amber, Thank your so much for your comments. Ever since I read that walking faster was helpful I have started walking faster!

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Good HUB. I've been blessed with good genes and longevity in my family, but I still need to get more exercise. good hub!

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

PDXKarokwGuy, It sounds like you are fortunate. Thanks for the comments.

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

thanks, Pamela. I guess we'll have to wait and see :-)

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

PDXKaraokeGuy, That's true. Thanks for your comment.

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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

God Bless You precious heart. God loves you, and you will always be alive, and well, and happy in his heart where you will always be.

Maybe love is timeless. Maybe what we feel in our hearts for our loved ones, and friends, and people we hold dear to our hearts, and our love for our country, and for what is right, and proper, and decent, add to the quality of our years. God Bless You Precious Heart.

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Stars, I can't express how much your precious message means to me. I know God loves me as he does you. You are such a joy to others. God Bless you always.

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Support Med. 5 years ago from Michigan

Enjoyed this hub. Guess those telomeres only have so many times to turn over before they can't turn over anymore - well - I hope we all live a long, good quality of life. Wonder if this was the 'cord' that actress Shirley MacLaine spoke about. I recently met a lady, 99 years of age, who is able to walk and get around very well. She said, 'I do alright for a woman my age. It's just that everybody is gone.' She outlived all of her family. I would have never guessed she was 99. Your hub makes a great link to one that I wrote a little while back. I see you've changed your pic, nice!! Have a great day Pamela99. v/r

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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Support Med, It is good to hear from you again. My mother will be 88 soon and one of her friends is 95. She cooks, drives, etc. Some people have great genes! Thanks for your comments.

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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida


This is very interesting. My Daddy lived to be 92 and my Momma lived to be 87 so perhaps my life will be long and rich as theirs was. Every day is a gift and a new reason to celebrate and squeeze the most out of living.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States Author

Patricia, Longevity certainly does run in families, and I imagine you will live to a ripe old age. I agree that each day is a gift. Thanks for the comments and angels. God bless and angels back to you also.

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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States Author

declatte, I am glad you enjoy my articles, and thank you so much for your comments.

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