While most people, (including healthcare professionals) will tell you that in order to live longer you should eat healthy, work-out and not smoke, the oldest woman in Scotland will tell you another story.

Centenarian Jessie Gallan, the oldest living woman in Scotland turned 109 on January. 2.  She claims the secret to a long life is to eat your porridge every morning and stay away from men. "They're more trouble than they're worth".  She told the Daily Mail.

Currently, the oldest living person in the world is Misao Okawa, a woman who lives in Japan. She was born in 1898 and is now 116 years old.  Her favorite food is sushi. and she enjoys it frequently. Misao's husband died 83 years ago and she has been a widow since.  

Misao Okawa

The Japanese are not strangers to centenarians.  In Japan the population of centenarians  could be the world's highest, (50 to every 100,000 people). This represents  the 740 centenarians in a population of approximately 1.3 million. (Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, 2006).

In America there are approximately 17 centenarians to every 100,00 people. 

There have been numerous studies on the people of Okinawa, Japan,  because the people there not only live a long time, but have  slower age decline than any other place in the world  and they rarely suffer from chronic-age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer's cardiovascular disease or cancer.  

According to the national survey of centenarians in the U.S the secret to longevity is plenty of time with family and friends and a commitment to fitness.  

Now I need to run and find out how my husband feels about divorce! I'll keep you all posted!