Man lives to 112 despite sausage-and-waffles diet

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    Man lives to 112 despite sausage-and-waffles diet
    - By JEFF WILSON, Associated Press Writer
    Friday, September 1, 2006

    (09-01) 10:32 PDT Los Angeles (AP) --

    George Johnson, considered California's oldest living person at 112 and the state's last surviving World War I veteran, had experts shaking their heads over his junk food diet.

    "He had terrible bad habits. He had a diet largely of sausages and waffles," Dr. L. Stephen Coles, founder of the Gerontology Research Group at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Friday.

    The 5-foot-7, 140-pound Johnson died of pneumonia Wednesday at his Richmond home in Northern California.

    "A lot of people think or imagine that your good habits and bad habits contribute to your longevity," Coles said. "But we often find it is in the genes rather than lifestyle."

    Johnson, who was blind and living alone until his 110th birthday when a caregiver began helping him, built the Richmond house by hand in 1935. He got around using a walker in recent years.

    Johnson was the only living Californian considered a "supercentenarian," a designation for those ages 110 or older, Coles said. His group is now in the process of validating a Los Angeles candidate who claims to be 112 years old.

    Coles participated in an autopsy Thursday that was designed to study Johnson's health.

    "All of his organs were extremely youthful. They could have been the organs of someone who was 50 or 60, not 112. Clearly his genes had some secrets," Coles said.

    "Everything in his body that we looked at was clean as a whistle, except for his lungs with the pneumonia," Coles said. "He had no heart disease, he had no cancer, no diabetes and no Alzheimer's.

    "This is a mysterious case that someone could be so healthy from a pathology point of view and that there is no obvious cause of death."

    The family was in favor of an autopsy. Relatives said Johnson wanted them to allow it if it would help science.

    Born May 1, 1894, Johnson's father managed the Baltimore and Ohio Railway station in Philadelphia.

    Johnson was working in 1917 as a mail sorter for the U.S. Post Office when he was drafted into the Army. The war ended a year later, and he never served in combat.

    Two years later, he and his wife moved to Northern California.

    "It was a great adventure in those days. We were young and wanted the experience," Johnson said in a March interview with the Contra Costa Times.

    The couple settled in Fresno and remained there until 1935, when they bought property in Richmond. They used lumber salvaged from dismantled buildings to build their house.

    During World War II, Johnson worked at the Kaiser shipyard in Richmond and later managed the heating plant at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland.

    He remained in good health and continued driving until he was 102, when his vision began to fail.

    Johnson's wife died in 1992 at the age of 92. The couple had no children.

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    My grandfather lived until 94... The guy ate absolutely anything he wanted -- ice cream, cake, steak, yet he was in amazing physical condition for his age. He attributed it to the fact that he never ate until he was full, only until he was satisfied. IMO, pumping your body with millions of herbal supps doesn't mean you'll be healthier/live longer (although it does mean you'll look better and feel stronger :bb: )
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    I supplement first and foremost to feel good now. Anything beyond that is icing.

    Genetically, I'm probably somewhere in the middle. On one side of the family..grandparents lived to over 100. On the other, they keel over in their late 60's.
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    Great article!
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    so whos gonna help me setup my high gi, high sat. fat diet?
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    Another interesting article yeahright. Some of them im just like "yeahright" lol.
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    Great article. It comes to show that there are so many factors that influence longevity. Although diet composition is a biggie, if you maintain a decent bodyfat level, you definitely have more slack to work with (more "lives"). The guy was 5'7" & 140 lbs. Things would have been different if that sausage & waffles diet kept him a chronic positive energy surplus that kept him at 5'7" & 240 lbs of not-so-lean mass.
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    The more and more I read about it and see articles like this makes me believe cholesterol content of food really doesn't have a lot to do with blood cholesterol levels.
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    Maybe he has the "Methuselah gene" Ive been reading so much about lately.

    The Observer | International | Discovery of 'Methuselah gene' unlocks secret of long life
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    Examples like this are fascinating but they are the exception to the general rules that govern the way most of us will age. He's a biological lottery winner. We shouldn't all start to live as if we also held a winning ticket.
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    :bb:
    Quote Originally Posted by bulls**t
    Maybe he has the "Methuselah gene" Ive been reading so much about lately.

    The Observer | International | Discovery of 'Methuselah gene' unlocks secret of long life
    Hell, they deserve credit just for giving it a cool name.
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    maybe it was the "had no children" factor?
    Cholesterol testing is a complete scam. Cholesterol testing only became popular after drug companies discovered a drug that lowers cholesterol. So for 2000+ years of recorded history people were surviving with 200+ cholesterol counts, now it is considered to be health hazardous? Who picked this number 200? high cholesterol is much safer than low cholesterol. Every hormonal function of your body starts with cholesterol...Not really a waffle guy myself, but a day with out sausage or pork of some kind just isn't the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rippedforce63
    The more and more I read about it and see articles like this makes me believe cholesterol content of food really doesn't have a lot to do with blood cholesterol levels.
    Yeah bro, I had a very prominent professor who did extensive research on this stuff. It showed over and over again that blood cholesterol levels and food cholesterol levels had no correlation (without other factors... ie: saturated fat)
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    nice article, 112 is awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by anabolicrhino
    maybe it was the "had no children" factor?
    Cholesterol testing is a complete scam. Cholesterol testing only became popular after drug companies discovered a drug that lowers cholesterol. So for 2000+ years of recorded history people were surviving with 200+ cholesterol counts, now it is considered to be health hazardous? Who picked this number 200? high cholesterol is much safer than low cholesterol. Every hormonal function of your body starts with cholesterol...Not really a waffle guy myself, but a day with out sausage or pork of some kind just isn't the same.

    From some things I have read, total cholesterol is not the problem. Cholesterol only builds up and "sticks" where there is damage in the arteries, damage caused primarily by things like (previously hidden) trans-fats (decreases HDL, increases LDL) & chlorine in tap water.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anabolicrhino
    maybe it was the "had no children" factor?
    Cholesterol testing is a complete scam. Cholesterol testing only became popular after drug companies discovered a drug that lowers cholesterol. So for 2000+ years of recorded history people were surviving with 200+ cholesterol counts, now it is considered to be health hazardous? Who picked this number 200? high cholesterol is much safer than low cholesterol. Every hormonal function of your body starts with cholesterol...Not really a waffle guy myself, but a day with out sausage or pork of some kind just isn't the same.
    Damn straight. Cholesterol is essential for life and anabolism yet everyone talks trash about it. Fact is, we don't know what the fck causes heart desease, all we know is that a healthy diet can REDUCE the risk, not eliminate it.
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    My Favorite Part Of The Article Is How It Says He Drove Until He Was 102.

    lol

    I picture people passing him, saying "What's that guy, a hundred years old?!"
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    That was awesome YR. Had to add that to my sig
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    Smile


    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawkk
    That was awesome YR. Had to add that to my sig

    LOL, yay, I made a sig line.
  

  
 

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