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10.09.2006

They Forgot Booze

Cuba's centenarians revealed that the secrets of their long lives are lots of coffee, cigars and sex, the Juventud Rebelde newspaper reported, citing a study.

Doctor Nancy Nepomuceno surveyed 54 of the more than 100 centenarians in the central Villa Clara province for the National Geriatrics and Social Work workshop in Santa Clara, the Spanish-language newspaper said. Nepomuceno found that 95 percent of those studied had a lifestyle based on fish, eggs, milk, vegetables and red and boiled meats, Juventud Rebelde said.

None of those surveyed were alcoholics, but they generally drank a lot of coffee, smoked tobacco, and maintained a healthy interest in sex, Juventud Rebelde said, citing the study. About 60 percent of the participants are children of parents who lived to more than 100 years of age.

Life expectancy in the Villa Clara province is 78 years, two years higher than the national average of 76 years, the newspaper said.

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