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The Secret to a Long and Fulfilling Life: Proactive Steps for Health and Well-Being

A small percentage of the US population, approximately 2.7 percent, is 100 years old or older, and research suggests that genetics are responsible for only about 20 percent of longevity. To increase your chances of living a longer and healthier life, experts recommend taking proactive steps now to improve your overall health. Dr. Jose Santana, an Internal Medicine specialist, emphasizes the importance of maintaining independence and quality of life as key goals for many individuals.

To achieve these goals, individuals can incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily routine. By following a healthy diet low in calories and high in vegetables and engaging in regular physical activity such as aerobic exercises, strength training, and balance exercises, individuals can significantly reduce their risk of early death and prevent falls. Additionally, practicing mindful eating habits, staying socially engaged, getting enough sleep are all crucial factors in achieving longevity.

Research focusing on centenarians has also found that positive personality traits such as a good sense of humor and a positive attitude may contribute to longevity. By adopting a holistic approach to health and well-being that includes these factors, individuals can improve their chances of leading a long and fulfilling life.

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