The oldest living woman in Scotland who is 109 years says the secret to her longevity is simply “Eat your porridge and avoid men.” Centenarian Jessie Gallan, who was never married, was born in a tiny two-room farm cottage where she slept “top-to-tail” with her brother and five sisters on a straw mattress, reported The Daily Mail.
Gallan told the newspaper that her “secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.” She noted that she also “made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.”
Last year when she turned 108, she credited her porridge — but not avoiding men — as the reason for her longevity.
While the oldest person in Scotland, Gallan is not the oldest person in the world. That honor goes to Misao Okawa of Japan, who celebrated her 116th birthday in March. She has been a widow for 83 years (her husband died in 1931) — suggesting that she perhaps shares Gallan’s view about avoiding men if you want to live long.
Last year, a national survey of centenarians in the United States found that the secrets to long life include plenty of time with friends and family and a commitment to fitness.