Last week, the world’s oldest living person celebrated her 116th birthday. Susannah Mushatt Jones of New York, the daughter of sharecroppers and the granddaughter of slaves, inherited the title of “world’s oldest living person.” Jones is the third consecutive American to hold the title of world’s oldest person. The oldest verified person, Jeanne Calment of France, lived to be 122 years and 164 days old – despite smoking two cigarettes per day, starting at the age of 21 and continuing through her 117th birthday!


So, what’s the secret to making it to the age 100? Those who have done it ascribe their success to a variety of different things.

Calment ascribed her longevity to olive oil, which she poured over all of her food and rubbed into her skin, as well as to a diet of port wine and to the more than two pounds of of chocolate that she ate every week.

Susannah Jones, now the current oldest living person, says it’s because she gets “lots of sleep.”

Pauline Spagnola of Pennsylvania, who just celebrated her 100th birthday, told reporters that the key to longevity is “a lot of booze.”

Emiliano Mercado Del Toro, 115, of Puerto Rico, credited his longevity to funche, a boiled corn and codfish cream-based dish, which he ate every day as a habit.

A new international study from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society shows that none of the diverse lifestyle choices of our centenarians are silver bullets. While it by no means discounts the importance of healthy living and exercise, the new research shows that many of the longest living people may not actually be the healthiest at all. Instead, they may simply be the people who have benefited the most from their genetic blood makeup. This research shows that healthy living may not be the silver bullet to longevity that it was previously healthiest after all.

The content of your blood can reveal a lot about your health history and about your future. For aging adults, annual blood screenings are an important element in the fight against life-threatening diseases. With blood test results in hand, you can catch critical changes in your body before they manifest as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or worse. Until doctors know just what is lurking within your blood, there is no comprehensive way to detect and identify what the best steps will be for you and your unique genetic makeup.

“Your eyes are the windows to your soul, and your blood is the doorway to living a long and healthy life,” says  NY Health & Wellness founder, Mitch Suss.  Under Suss’ leadership, NY Health & Wellness created the pioneering Health 365 Program, which is the most comprehensive blood panel evaluation available anywhere. Your Health 365 blood screening will start with one simple blood draw and over 30 of the most in-depth lab tests designed to detect disease and illness at the earliest stages.

According to Suss, most annual medical check-ups involve only routine blood tests, and far too often this work does not really test for important markers of disease risk or genetic predispositions. The consequences of failing to analyze blood for proven markers of disease risk can be disability or even death.

Health 365 blood testing can detect:

  • Anemia, infections and certain cancers
  • Kidney disease
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Advanced Thyroid screening (include TSH and free T4)
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Liver and gallbladder abnormalities
  • PSA and prostate disease
  • Vitamin D screening

For more information about the Health 365 Program and other integrative health and wellness programs at NY Health & Wellness, call (914) 703-4811.