115-Year-Old Woman Says Raw Eggs and Being Single is the Secret to a Long Life

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People who were single and unhappy about it on Valentine’s Day might be cheered by the story of Emma Morano, who has been single for the last 77 Valentine’s Days.

The Newser reported that at 115 years and nearly three months, Ms. Morano is the oldest person in Europe, the fifth oldest in the world and one of only a handful of people whose lives have straddled three centuries.

Emma Morano has eaten an estimated 100,000 raw eggs over her lifetime.

Morano told the NY Times that she’s been eating three raw eggs a day since she was a teenager when “a doctor recommended them to counter anemia.”

In addition to eating eggs, Morano recommends the single life:

She is also convinced that being single for most of her life, after an unhappy marriage that ended in 1938 following the death of an infant son, has kept her kicking.

Separation was rare then, and divorce became legal in Italy only in 1970.

She said she had plenty of suitors after that, but never chose another partner. “I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she said.

Gerontologists agree that there is no one key to longevity. “You talk to 100 centenarians, you get 100 different stories,” said Valter D. Longo, the director of the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California.

And there’s genetics.

“We do know that the ability to make it to 110 is heritable, so you have a large increase in chance if you have several people in your family to live to a late age,” Dr. Longo said.

One of Ms. Morano’s sisters died just short of 100; another lived to 102.

She still lives alone in a small apartment, with a doctor checking on her once a month and a niece handling her meals daily.

Morano’s doctor confirms that she’s in excellent health.

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