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100-year-old coronavirus survivors share their longevity secrets

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They’ve lived through World Wars, the Great Depression and other pandemics, so they weren’t about to let a little COVID stop them.

 

Meet some of the oldest coronavirus survivors — all 100 years old and above — whose optimism and fighting spirits inspire all who hear their stories.

 

Read on for their longevity secrets — and the life lessons they say aided their recoveries, from good eating habits to keeping calm under pressure.

 

104-year-old Lilian Menendez credits her longevity with good genes.

 

My mother was 98 and she didn’t have a gray hair in her head — she was jet black,” says Menendez, the eldest resident at Apex Rehab & Healthcare in South Huntington, LI.

 

Menendez adds that her mother, who raised six children alone in Manhattan, taught her to be strong — and made sure they were fortified to do so.

 

My mother took very good care of us,” says Menendez.

 

“We ate a lot of rice and beans, and chicken. Sunday we got chicken because we were poor then.”

 

The Harlem native grew up to have two children, four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

 

Since recovering from the virus in April, “I feel wonderful,” says Menendez, who once worked at Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue, where she made $10 a week. “I’m as strong as a bull.

 

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Rice, beans and (animal or plant) protein provide all the essential nutrients that a human body needs. I wonder what she eats now, though?

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On 6/4/2020 at 7:36 PM, Thaivisa Web Content Team said:

104-year-old Lilian Menendez credits her longevity with good genes.

Amazing longevity secret.... thank-you for sharing!  🙄 

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1 hour ago, stephenterry said:

Rice, beans and (animal or plant) protein provide all the essential nutrients that a human body needs. I wonder what she eats now, though?

For certain people, rice and beans would be a death sentence. Too much carbohydrate. I have in mind those who suffer from diabetes.

 

The sad and boring truth is that your longevity has much to do with your DNA. When you hear about someone living a long life on rice and beans, I can tell you stories about 95 year olds still living well on tobacco and whiskey.

 

Of course, something like smoking will affect longevity for most people - in my family, if you smoke 40 a day, you will get cancer in your 60s. If you don't, you will live to late 80s or early 90s and cancer free.

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And the lifestyle choices we make (food, drugs, exercise) are greatly influenced by both our genetic inheritance and our childhood environment.

 

(Note the word 'influenced', not 'determined'.)

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1 hour ago, Jimbo2014 said:

Amazing longevity secret.... thank-you for sharing!  🙄 

Er.......The moment it was revealed it was no longer secret......

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18 hours ago, Proboscis said:

For certain people, rice and beans would be a death sentence. Too much carbohydrate. I have in mind those who suffer from diabetes.

The difference is that it's good carbs, not highly processed junk food carbs - and type 2 diabetes sufferers woud be best advised (by nutritional doctors) to revert to a plant based diet to reverse the disease. This is scientifically sound for decades, now.

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