Is the secret to longevity in a bottle of Johnnie Walker? According to one centenarian, it is
Remember when the world's oldest woman said sushi and naps were the key to a long life? Well, there's another centenarian with a much more lively take on the fountain of youth: Agnes "Aggie" Fenton, who reached the big 110 on Saturday, says her daily drinking habit was what got her this far down the road, NorthJersey.com reports.
Fenton said she enjoyed three beers and a shot of scotch every day for almost 70 years. If you want to get technical about it, actually, it was Miller High Life and Johnnie Walker Blue Label. (Is Your Two Buck Chuck Habit Hurting Your Health?)
Shockingly, Fenton shares that she actually received the three-beer-a-day advice from a doctor, after having a benign tumor removed many years ago (miraculously, her only serious health problem to date). While she had to put the drinking habit behind her (her caregivers don't want her to have alcohol because she eats less now), she also reports reading the newspaper and listening to the radio daily, saying her prayers, and sleeping a lot. And, in case you were wondering, her favorite foods are chicken wings, green beans, and sweet potatoes (literally, same Aggie). (Plus, find out Why Life Expectancy is Longer for Women Worldwide.)
Since so few make it to the uber-exclusive "supercentenarian" club (roughly one in every 10 million people lives to 110 or older), it's impossible to know for sure what's really responsible for the extraordinary good health, but studies show that centenarians have a few characteristics in common—they are rarely obese or have a history of smoking, and may have an ability to handle stress better than the majority of people. And of course, genetics and family history are also huge factors. (Want to join the club? See these 3 Bad Habits That'll Ruin Your Future Health).
"Each of our centenarians has their different secrets," said Stacy Andersen, a project manager with Boston University's New England Centenarian Study, which Fenton has participated in for the past five years. “If Agnes feels hers is alcohol, maybe it is, but certainly we don’t find that to be consistent across all our centenarians."
In other words, you may not want to dash to the liquor store just yet. The chicken wings, green beans, and sweet potatoes, though, we're happy to start stocking up on.