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Man in Brazil is believed to be 126 years old


Posted on Wednesday, 16 July, 2014 | Comment icon 20 comments

Santos is thought to be 126 years old. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Steven Depolo
Sao Paulo resident Jose Aguinelo dos Santos is thought to be the oldest living man ever documented.
Born on July 7 1888, Santos began his life just two months after slavery was abolished in Brazil but continued to live with his family in a slave compound in the town of Pedra Branca for many years during his childhood.

Having never married or had children, Santos is now a resident of an old people's home in Bauru, the town in which he'd spent many years of his life working on a coffee plantation.

At 126 however the supercentenarian is still able to walk without a stick, eats four square meals a day and suffers from no health problems despite having smoked a pack of cigarettes every day for the last 50 years.

"He doesn't have high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure. The only medicine he takes are vitamins and a tablet to give him an appetite, which you can lose with old age," said psychologist Mariana Silva. "He's one of our most with-it residents."

When asked about his longevity Santos claimed that there was no secret to living a long life.

"The truth is that you just keep getting older," he said. "You take each stage at a time. If I got to this age it's because I've lived a lot, that's all."

Source: Telegraph | Comments (20)

Tags: Old Age, Oldest Man

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles on 16 July, 2014, 19:57
I think this is untrue. I bet he is around half of that. Maybe 68ish. 126 years old for a long time pack a day smoker?
Comment icon #12 Posted by hellwyr on 16 July, 2014, 21:30
actually a lot of the oldest people were smokers or are smokers.......
Comment icon #13 Posted by IBelieveWhatIWant on 16 July, 2014, 21:34
Can I put my grandad living to the age of 98 down to him having developed the skill to switch off his hearing? lmao. Selective hearing can be a lifesaver sometimes
Comment icon #14 Posted by highdesert50 on 17 July, 2014, 9:02
DNA and structural connectivity testing can likely predict his age to within ten or so years. Will be interesting to see if this validation is pursued.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Myles on 17 July, 2014, 12:15
actually a lot of the oldest people were smokers or are smokers....... Maybe so, but more pack a day smokers die earlier than average. You are making the same argument as when people say "seatbelts have been known to kill people in accidents".
Comment icon #16 Posted by Awake2Chaos on 17 July, 2014, 12:59
Gah, all I can think reading this.... I'd be so tired after 126 years. What is the benefit to living that long?
Comment icon #17 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 18 July, 2014, 15:31
What is the benefit to living that long? Besides farting dust? I can't think of any.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Myles on 18 July, 2014, 17:40
Depends if you are healthy enough to get around and are in your right mind. Experience more of life's adventures.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Rei4ever on 6 August, 2014, 6:03
Maybe he is the knows where the Fountain of Youth... The fact that He never had a wife...
Comment icon #20 Posted by StRoostifer on 6 August, 2014, 12:57
Stress is known to age people so not having a wife or children probably kept his stress to a minimum.


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