World’s Oldest Living Man Just Turned 115

Says the secret to a long life is in the foods we eat

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There are people who would pay a lot of money for the secret to longevity (more than a few of them reside in Hollywood, no doubt); it is merely a dream for most of us to live past seventy and still have our wits about us.

But Jiroemon Kimura, a farmer from Kyoto, says the secret is simple: eat small portions. Perhaps there’s something to that, since Kimura just turned 115 years old yesterday.

Kimura credits his eating habits as a contributing factor to reaching such a milestone birthday, and scientists do believe that certain foods–and the way we eat them–can help us prolong life by keeping us disease-free and restoring our anti-oxidant level. According to Diseaseproof.com, the seven best foods for ensuring a long life are black raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, flax Seeds, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, and broccoli sprouts. The list of foods to stay away from includes butter, french fries, doughnuts, and sausage.

Kimura is not only the oldest living person in the world, he’s also been verified as the third-oldest in history. When he received the news, he said he was “delighted beyond words“.

He also added, when asked about the reason for his extraordinarily long life, “I don’t know exactly…maybe it’s all thanks to the sun above me. I am always looking up towards the sky, that is how I am.”

World’s Oldest Living Man Just Turned 115
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  • Karoly Fuevessy

    Whe I turned 80 i said “dady i just turned 80 and i want 80 more years in “youthful exuberance”. The answe was a thundering:
    “NO PROBLEM”. I was in such a shock that all I could say: “Thank you”

  • Stephanie

    I’m always amazed how a wonderful topic/article can cause some people to be so hateful and meanspirited in their remarks. We are all free to believe what we want and arguing about it doesn’t change that basic right. You only show yourself to be foolish by the way you respond. A person who is full of love, life and joy will pour out that to others.

  • http://yahoo.com Margaret

    He eats nothing but small meals. We should all take a lesson from this guy.

  • Ulysses

    Goodness … Is anyone here educated? Seems that nobody knows how to spell or construct a sentence … much less conceive an original thought

  • http://reniestar123.webs.com renee

    this is obsurd he is so lucky he can live to be thiz old i will only live till like 89 probably or maybe 93 i don’t know im only 13 now turning 14 in june can’t wait he is so lucky i wish my dad could live to be that old

  • James

    What can we all take away from this man’s story. The 115 year old is telling us to take care of our bodies. Eat good fresh foods. We’re only given one small bit of this one man’s thoughts on his longevity. Do you accept his theory that eating right helped him live longer? We all know that people who eat healthy don’t always live a long life, and sometimes die at an early age. We’ll learn more about long life by caring for each other. Alienating each other by our bold or inerudite comments will do nothing to lenghten our lives. Long life has to do with many various factors. Healthy living being one factor. Peaceful living being another factor. Only together we can find real peace. If your willing to care about others as much as you do for yourself, you will live a full life, no matter how many years you have on earth.

  • stpetejohnny

    I have a chunk of cheese that’s older than that!

  • Bob

    Does anyone know the 2 oldest??… Yeah 200 would be cooool

  • cortnie

    It iz a blessing to be that old. God bless you and live it up to the fulliest.

  • J

    there is no god.. book written by a bunch of drunk prophets

  • jfull

    So awesome! What an inspiration to live well & appreciate life to the fullest!

  • http://littlebigband.biz Twila

    Jesus conquered death. All the other religious leaders are rotting in their graves. He’s coming back whether you believe it or not. What if I’m right? Is it worth your eternity to deny His love for you and His sacrifice? Isiah predicted exactly how Jesus would come and how He would die hundreds of years before he did. We deserve nothing but He offers us life eternal just because he loves us but we have to accept the gift

  • dan

    congrats on 115? would it be coincedence that his birthday was 420?
    hmm maybe he had healthy food and herbs:)
    420 yesterday was my wifes grandmothers birthday just turned 89 and still drives her huge caddy to the market everyday to buy fresh food.
    420 is also hitlers b/day…
    i usually don’t comment on these articles but what one chooses to beleive should be just that, but please don’t push your religion onto someone else. I beleive religions were written to answer the unexplainable. Doesn’t make me any worse of a person, I help my community, lend a helping hand to people and i don’t expect anything in return.

  • Adam agosto

    Just be happy for this man. Please don’t make this into a “thank God” reason. Show the truth, as quoted above, lol. Keep giving your money to your Church, and Beliving in something that is all hear-say, and will never be CONFIRMED.IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER ANYWAY, the generations to come, fewer and fewer are believing in your so called rediculous faith. Then one day, it will be gone, and laughed at. Good scam tho.

  • ricky

    congrats on 115:)

  • ricky

    congratulations on turning 115 I hope i can live that long :)

  • Jack

    You are either a liar, or an ignorant individual! To say that Jesus never spoke of hell just proves how ignorant you really are.

  • Patrick Fitzsimmons

    That was a nice article, which only touched on religious variables to the point of the gentleman mentioning how he looks at the sky a lot. The sky can be quite beautiful; I too find myself looking up on a nice day and pondering things to myself.

    It is too bad that we had to take an inspiring story and turn it into a childish name calling debate about religion. It’s no wonder that more people have been slaughtered in the name of religious beliefs over the past thousands of years than anything else.

    For 20 years I attended church every Sunday and Every Holy Day of Obligation. I was an Altar Boy and I went through every religious ceremony that one can…except marriage, I haven’t found the right girl yet.

    My family is very religious, but we don’t go around talking about it. My aunt in a Nun, she was elected to the Position of Mother Superior over 7 states for enough terms that she had to finally decline to do work elsewhere, but you could meet her and talk to her and never know she was a Nun, because she doesn’t push her beliefs on people. Just like me, she believes that good people, no matter what their religion will go to heaven.

    I was raised around various Nuns and Priests that my aunt would bring to town with her to visit and my Parent’s were happy to have them as guests. I enjoyed their company as I grew up; they would play video games with me, jog with me…but they never pushed religious conversations, unless I unless I asked a question. That is how I learned their stances on other religions, “as long as they are good people and kind to others, that is what matters.

    I had to wonder why my uncle Joe who was a good man with a large family, died of a heart attack in his mid 40’s. It devastated my aunt and it was a horrible sight that I will never forget as she lunged over the open, but shrouded casket and screamed the worst things she could think of towards the God she spent her whole life praying to she couldn’t understand how any good god would remove a very good man from his children and wife who needed him and felt lost without him.

    So, the conclusion I drew after speaking to many of people of the Church helped me to gain a different perspective…we all have free will. As awesome as my Uncle Joe was and as much as I wish he were alive today, God doesn’t control what we do to our bodies. I recall that my uncle ate a lot of very fatty greasy foods and didn’t exercise. My parents are the nicest people in the world and I wouldn’t change a second of my childhood. However, my Dad didn’t have the best diet and he ended up having a quadruple bypass in 1997. I remember how bad it hurt to see him with all those tubes in him. He got through it though and he has worked out at a regular gym 3 days a week ever since. I was born quite late so my Parent’s are the same age as a lot of my friend’s grandparents. So my Dad is 78, eats much more healthy and when I came home from Columbia to KC for an extended period this Summer I worked out with my Dad a few times and he runs 30 minutes before he even starts lifting weights and he really hits it. He lays upside down for crunches and uses every weight on the lower back machine as he makes his way around to hitting every body part. He is a very strong 78 year old guy and his body is pain free.

    So, there probably is something to our lifestyle’s, beyond religion, that dictates a person’s lifespan. Could it be that God gave us enough intelligence to understand human anatomy and the effects that fatty and cholesterol ridden foods have on us? That smoking increases our odds of cancer? That consistent exercise has been proven over and over to lower our cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and resting pulse rate?

    We have one life and one body. It is pretty stupid not to take good care of both because that is the key to living a long time…so knock off all the religious babble.


    Patrick Fitzsimmons

  • carly

    Nicely said. I have worked with the elderly and I think he is right about the diet. If you think about it, the body only has to use a small part of its detox system and digestive system to process a small amount. A large volume of food is much more taxing. But, the most important thing I learned is tolerance of others and the recognition that every one has a right to their opinion.

  • John

    This is a very nice story. I think that really is all that needs to be said other than Happy 115th Birthday!

  • cv

    One Word! (Meteors) The reason of are Existence.

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  • http://CommentCat CommentCat

    One old mans age turns into an attack religion discussion??? Well..
    Philosophers with time on their hands and No Ipods figgured the following: Believing in God would lead to good behavior,and an honest life.If God did not exist, whats the worse that could happen?? You would live as a good person. And,if you denied God and He exists, you
    risk eternal damnation…and lead a dishonest life with no hope of reward after death. Thats what they came up with. Most religions have a “good” premise. Chanting,praying,taking time to relax and meditate seems to help humans “recharge” and re-focus. All this reflection is benificial,if only to set a positive mood. Sometimes religions go ‘off track’ like the recent offshoot Muslim faction that preach hate and killing. That is not what the original intent of religion was supposed to be. You have to be wise enough to figgure that out.
    Dont confuse a politically based greedy battle with religion. They are not the same thing. ……..Comment Cat

  • Demetrius

    You are all equally retarded, talking about God. Nobody can prove he exist. Nobody can prove he doesn’t. You won’t know until you die. All you people who believe in God and say people who don’t believe are stupid are the biggest fools. If you DO believe in a God you should be more tolerant. IF he is real he gave us free will and the ability to think whatever we want. Don’t go bashing people for their believes, fools.

    People who don’t believe and sit here bashing people for believing in God need to grow up as well. It’s their opinion and they have a right to it. Until you can prove them wrong, shut up. That goes for both sides.

    The video is a good one about a man lucky enough to have lived 115 years. Not about your petty religious squabbles.

  • http://jds8592@yahoo.com Denver Smith

    Go dude im pushing fer u to make 120 yrs old im a suriver of a brain tumor fer 16 yrs tis May when i was told may have a yr r less to live. 16 yrs later im still here im hoping to stay alive long enough to see grand children.My son just turned 20. i asked God to let Me watch My son grow up & i try to bring joy to there heart r happyness too everyone i meet r atleast put a big smile on there face. My son was 4 yrs old when i was dianosed with a brain tumor, he just turned 20 so guess i been doing a good job at making people happy r bring joy to there heart.And here we have a Man tat all he want is too make it to 120 yrs old, well hes getting all My prayers, fer him to live 5 more yrs.I ask God to stand close to tis man & watch him grow to become 120 yrs old!!!! Amen!!!

  • kareena

    Thats very true! my great grandma lived to 101, and she would say the same thing!

  • kevin

    well logan. when god put us on this earth we were born into sin.he is basicly giving us life as a soul in body and letting us live among the living.he then chooses a path for you to go down to the point that when your time is up and you have abided and stuck to his word and kept yourself humble to him then you can come back through the gates of heaven and sit next to your father or creator.now if you do not keep yourself humble to his word through the book of christ then when he sends the rapture to take his people back then you will not beable to follow and be stuck on earth forever till you get it right but wait too long and perish while in sin and you will spend eternity in the pits of h**l! it is sooo real that you just dont know it till you have spoken to someone that has died and has come back. his story was so compelling that it would make you cry and then have you getting down on your knees and praising god over and over again!just think!!! you werent born in a testube so how do you think you got here and by the grace of god he watched over your mother until you were birthed and then he started guiding you. i think something happened to you in the past and you think god has forgotten you well your all wrong.he just took his hands off of you cause your probably sinning but he will always watch over you! this messege is not sugar coated. it is for you to read and hopefully you will understand where im coming from and realize that when you die… your journey does not end. it will just either get harder or easier for you. thank you for taking the time out to read my messege everybody. god bless!

  • Lord Anthony

    Anyone else wonder who the OTHER 2 older recorded people were?
    How old were they when they finally died?

  • kevin

    hey adam!!! there is a little girl on youtube from another country that had a near death experience and talked about it for a hour about having a good conversation with the man upstairs.she is a christian. so when you die just make sure that you ask god for forgiveness before you go,cause i talk to people all the time cause i work at the hospital and see the dead and the people that come back from the dead after and hour. nobody can tell me he is not real!!

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  • http://yahoo.com shadry

    wish to see him turn 150yrs and break the record of this generation.Hey MR old man travel the whole world to see that you are still strong and health

  • francesca crawford

    WRONG,the oldest living person war GERTRUDE BAINES from Long beach,california,i met her and checked her documents she was 127 years old,so yahoo stop writing incorrect news,thanks

    • Jeff

      She is dead, he is alive. He is the oldest living person right now. Understand now?

  • francesca crawford

    wrong oldest living man lives in france is 122 yearsold jean calamette

  • Darron Vanman

    I appreciate everyone’s thoughts on this old bugger. We all know what it takes to live a long life. It is as not a secret but many of us choose not to live that way. We live for the moment. We live to be 115. I don’t believe that God decides whent our lives are over. There are diseases, deformities, natural disasters, bad craftsmanship, etc. That is what causes death, not God. I attended a funeral for a guy two weeks ago. Nice guy, only 49 but was very over weight. He died of a heart attack. But the preacher said that “God took him home.” BS. He died then because he was not taking care of his body. Simple as that. My grandpa is 92 and lives alone. He is very active and takes care of himself. BTW, hell is mentioned in the Bible. Where do you think Jesus went when he was crucified? Take care all and be better to each other. We share this planet. Let’s take care of it, ourselves and each other better. Ok?

  • Jeff

    The biggest assumption here is that all the Christians are thinking that this old man is one of them, and that his faith in God has kept him alive all this time. Nowhere in the article, or the news clip does it state he is Christian. He is Japanese, where Shinto and Buddhism are the two main religions. Christianity, Muslim, Hinduism and other religions are in the minority there. But 84% of Japanese people claim no personal religion at all. And according to one source 64% do not believe in a God at all. So how about all of you stop the religious debate, and just wish the old man good health for another 5 years.

  • Debbie Barends

    He really looks good for his age. I don’t agree with what he said though. He said the secret is in the foods we eat. I think in his younger days he is right, but now I don’t know about that. Anyways I hope he lives a lot more years. Again he looks good. He also looks happy. I think if your happy in your life it also keeps you going. God Bless you sir.

  • rod

    I’m sorry you all turned the joy of this man’s life into a religious debate! All One. Can we get back to the celebration?

  • Adam

    @ Kevin…these people came back because of their will to live. Not some all mighty god, LOL. When you die, you die. No one wants to hear your bullshit about forgiveness. If your church said today, that the tooth fairy and easter bunny were actually real, would you preach that to others too? LOL. I love the week minded. It doesn’t matter anyway, the business of religion is on brink of extinction anyway. New generations have become smarter and smarter, not allowing their kids to be subject to these beliefs, that can never be proven. Keep wasting your time listening to a priest who secretly probably fondled your children anyway. Cheers to that thought.

  • Grace J

    This was an article about the world’s oldest man. How did it become an article on a religious debate???? I will not post my views here as it is dishonoring the article. All I have to say is Happy Birthday and many more years to come!!!!

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