Health, Unusual

World’s oldest person reveals secrets to long life

By NewsRoom24 on March 6th, 2014 / Views
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Misao Okawa, from Osaka in Japan, turned 116 on Wednesday. She is believed to be the world’s oldest person according to the Guinness World Records. Okawa celebrated her birthday at a small party in the nursing home, where she lives in Osaka.
She was happy accepting bouquets from well-wishers and declared her birthday cake, decorated with ‘’116’’ candles, “delicious”.
Okawa was born in 1898 as the daughter of a fabric merchant. She got married to Yukio Okawa in 1919 who later died in June 1931. She has been the world’s oldest person since the death of 116-year-old Jireomon Kimura in June 2013. Two of her three children, a son and a daughter are now 94 and 92.
“Mrs. Okawa eats three large meals a day and makes sure that she sleeps eight hours a night,” Tomohito Okada, the head of the Kurenai nursing home, told The Telegraph.
He added: “She insists that her favourite meal is sushi, particularly mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice, and she has it at least once every month.”
She told the way to a long life is to eat well and learn how to relax. She has tried to remain active throughout her life, especially during old age.
Experts give credits to Japan’s low-fat diet made up of fish, rice and fruit, reasonable social insurance and fair benefits for their life span facts. According to the health ministry, Japan is one of the world’s most long-lived nations, with nearly 54,400 centenarians as of September 2013.

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