Could this 110-year-old Veteran be on to something?
P. D. Mangan just posted an analysis of Richard Overton’s interesting diet over at Rogue Health and Fitness:
“It’s common for people who have lived a long time to divulge their “longevity secrets”, but in most cases they nor anyone else really knows what the answers to their long lives are. In some cases, centenarians attribute their long life to their vices. Could there be a coffee, whiskey, and cigars longevity diet?
Look at this man: 107-year-old U.S. veteran says he owes longevity to cigars, whiskey and ‘staying out of trouble’. Richard Overton, the veteran in question, is now 110. Here’s a National Geographic video about him.
I’m going to make the case here that Mr. Overton’s lifestyle has something to do with his long life.
How he lives
Here’s what I gathered from several articles and videos about Richard Overton:
- He still drives – a Ford pickup
- He owns a lot of guns
- If he wakes up at 2 o’clock in the morning, he just gets up
- He drinks up to 4 cups of coffee in the morning
- He adds bourbon whiskey to his coffee
- He smokes cigars, perhaps 10 a day.
- He’s very active in his church
- Has a 91-year-old girlfriend
- He’s lean
- He avoids stress – he’s easy going and says he’s stayed out of trouble
How his lifestyle contributes to his longevity
He’s lean and he fasts
I”m beginning to think that drinking coffee and whiskey and smoking cigars is healthier than eating a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios with skim milk for breakfast. Not that the former is so great, but compare it to the alternative that most people have for breakfast.
By doing so, he’s not raising his blood sugar or contributing to insulin resistance. Coffee is also associated with better health and a longer life, and inhibits iron absorption…”
I drink three cups of coffee a day, but I’ve had just one cigar and drank alcohol maybe a half-dozen times since the beginning of 2017.
I am a fan of growing tobacco (I wrote a booklet on it) but I haven’t grown any since moving and buying it is too expensive.
It’s cheaper to just not smoke except on rare occasions… though if it’ll get you to 110, it might be a bargain!
P. D. Mangan thinks outside the box and is always an interesting read. You can see my interview with him here.