You don’t need to eat yogurt and live on a mountaintop, but you do need to floss.
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One of the biggest factors that determines how well you age is not your genes but how well you live. Of course, getting to age 100 is enormously more likely if your parents did, but why shortcut your potential? Assuming you’ve sidestepped genes for truly fatal diseases, “there’s nothing stopping you from living independently well into your 90s,” says Thomas Perls, who studies the century-plus set at Boston University School of Medicine. So go ahead and shoot for those triple digits by following these 11 habits.
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