Just a day after we were writing about the world’s oldest cat, reports are now emerging that we have a new world’s oldest man. A New York resident named Dr. Alexander Imich has been given the honor of being the oldest man alive at 111 years-old. Dr. Imich joins the oldest living woman, Miaso Okawa of Osaka, Japan, who is 116-years-old. Dr. Imich is also the oldest living man to hold a doctorate as well, which is an accomplishment all on its own.
Imich, who attests his longevity to good genes and a healthy lifestyle, was born in Poland on February 4, 1903. He came to the United States from Poland with his wife Wela in 1953. His wife died in 1986, and since then Dr. Alexander Imich has been living by himself in New York City.
Giving an interview to the Guinness World Records, Imich notes what he’s learned from life is that one should “always pursue what one loves and is passionate about.” His motto is an important one as it can be argued that it’s the cornerstone of America.
Dr. Imich’s friend, Michael Mannion, told the Daily News:
“Alex is happy with the attention but he’s most happy when people recognize that he did a lot of work in the field of parapsychology. He’s recognized not just for his longevity but for his work to get mainstream science to seriously investigate physical phenomena we can’t explain.”
Prior to Dr. Imich being identified as the oldest living man in the world, the previous oldest man was Arturo Licata of Italy. Mr. Licata passed away on April 24 at 111-years-old and 357 days.
According to researchers in Okinawa, Japan, there are several foods that will help a person to live longer. These researchers decided to study the natives of Okinawa because they tend to live a healthier life; hence they live longer than people from other parts of the world.
According to The Huffington Post, researchers say that cranberries, green tea, nuts, salmon, blueberries, whole grains, olive oil, and wine are just some of the items people can consume to live longer.
While diet may be important, other researchers have claimed that genetics have an important role, regardless of the foods that one consumes on a daily basis.
A study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University “found that many very old people — age 95 and older — could be poster children for bad health behavior with their smoking, drinking, poor diet, obesity and lack of exercise. The very old are, in fact, no more virtuous than the general population when it comes to shunning bad health habits, leaving researchers to conclude that their genes are mostly responsible for their remarkable longevity.”
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