A sprightly centenarian says a vegan lifestyle is the secret to his sharp mind and incredible health at 101 years old. Dr Ellsworth Wareham worked as a heart surgeon until he retired just five years ago. But he’s yet to give up his driving license as he’s still feeling quite comfortable behind a wheel. ‘I don’t have any trouble with my joints, my hands are steady, my balance is good, I don’t have to walk with a cane,’ he told CCTV America. He said he has ‘never cared for animal products,’ and becoming vegan was ‘a very easy thing.’
Dr Wareham lives in Loma Linda, California, one of the world’s five designated blue zones – aka places where people live longer on average than the general population.
Studies show people who live in these regions do more exercise, follow more plant-based diets, and engage in community activities, according to vegnews.com.
Loma Linda men in particular live six to seven years longer than the average American man.
But Dr Wareham has outdone the majority by far.
He worked as a heart surgeon until he retired just five years ago (Picture: Vegnews)
The average American man lives to 75.5 years old. Dr. Wareham is 26 years older.
‘People associate age with wisdom and I think that’s probably unscientific,’ he said.
‘It just so happens that veganism is a very healthy lifestyle.’