251 centenarians in a single city, Rugao of Nantong!

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251 centenarians in a single city, Rugao of Nantong!

Postby jwhahn » Wed Jan 16, 2008 11:38 pm

Three more people have passed the century mark in Rugao city under the jurisdiction of Nantong, known as the longevity town of China, bringing the total number of centenarians there to 251. You might want to know some secrets.

The town, in Jiangsu, has only 1.45 million residents, meaning that it has a ratio of 17 centenarians per 100,000 people. That's well above the International Natural Medicine Association standard of a longevity region that calls for at least seven centenarians per 100,000 people, according to a local civil affairs official.

The eldest person in Rugao is a 109-year-old woman named Zhang Tianshi, who has been interviewed by numerous domestic and international journalists. The town, in Jiangsu Province, has 2,097 persons aged above 95, about 5,800 people above 90 and 49,000 people above 80 years, the official added.

Nobody knows why Ruago people live so long. Media reports have given many reasons, which range from diet customs, eating porridge twice a day or consuming many local radishes, to forest coverage and less polluted environment. (Xinhua)
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Re: 251 centenarians in a single city, Rugao of Nantong!

Postby alexs » Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:26 am

I believe food and less polluted environment may contribute to these increased life spans.
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Re: 251 centenarians in a single city, Rugao of Nantong!

Postby musiclo » Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:59 am

This number is not thrilling compared with other records. For Okinawa, a city in Japan, centernarian ratios reach 50 per 100,000 population representing 740 centenarians in a population of 1.3 m. for the US, the ratios are between 10-20 per 100,000 population. Human genes play a big role for longevity as well, which has been confirmed in many studies.
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Re: 251 centenarians in a single city, Rugao of Nantong!

Postby liveuk » Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:14 am

maybe, 50 to 50, genetics vs environment 8-)
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Re: 251 centenarians in a single city, Rugao of Nantong!

Postby KPT » Thu Nov 13, 2008 1:33 am

Calculate your life span using a basic mathematics, the subtraction goes..
Your potential maximum life span might be around 150-200 years of age. You deduct every harmful effect costing your life span, caused by a disease, an accident, a potential suicide and any possible abuses to your body such as being drunk, medication side effect, injury, excessive starvation, … The years left after the deduction would be your actuarial life expectation. The more you suffer from a disease or anything from above during your life, the less your lifespan would be.
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