Yes, You CAN Live to 100. Here's How

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Byline: PETA BEE

BETTER diet and medical care means one in six of us will live to 100, according to new research. Here are some simple steps to ensure you reach your centenary:

GET A DOG

DOG owners enjoy a longer and healthier life than the rest of the population, according to psychologists at Queen's University, Belfast.

It's thought pets buffer us from stress, known to increase the hormones linked to life-threatening diseases.

U.S. researchers also found that stroking a dog can cause blood pressure to drop by 10 per cent. then there's the benefit of exercise from dog walking -- this can lower cholesterol.

STAND UP

THE less time you spend sitting, the longer your lifespan.

A U.S. study found that women who sat for more than six hours a day had a 37 per cent increased risk of premature death compared to those who sat for three hours or less.

Sitting slows the metabolism, which can eventually cause obesity. But getting up every half an hour can dramatically reduce the bad effects, says Professor Stuart Biddle, an exercise psychologist at Loughborough University.

STAY HAPPILY MARRIED

SCIENTISTS at warwick University found that married men were 6 per cent less likely to die in a seven-year period than single men.

The death risk for women dropped by 2.9 per cent.

'It's thought that being happily married enhances feelings of security that lead to someone taking a more relaxed approach to life,' says Dearbhla McCullough, a psychologist at Roehampton Uni-versity in London. …