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The oldest verified person ever -- Jeanne Louise Calment of France -- died in 1997 at the age of 122, according to Guinness.

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I'll be amazed if I reach 60, let alone 70 or more. This is simply based on everything I put my body through in the past and all the problems I've been having recently. I'm only 40 now, but I have been having the health problems one would expect from a 60-65 year old.


Oldest person in the world: Russia claims woman is 128 and she's NEVER had one happy day

Robert08 Level 4 Mar 10, 2019

some people exist for a long time but how long do they actually live?


My religious cousin had bypass surgery, he's overweight, and has diabetes problems. He's 52 and expects to live much longer. He told me people live to 120 nowadays, and in Biblical times they lived 100's of years! (He said he will definitely work into his 80's. He's been working at a comic book store for years and years at minimum wage, 26 hours a week. I can't imagine working that job into your 80s.)

My sense is that he believes these things just so he can cheat on his diet. He says he doesn't eat sugary foods, etc., anymore, but I've seen him eat pizza, fried chicken, cake, cheetos, hot dogs, etc., and he says he weighs more now than he ever has. One doctor chewed him out for his bad diet, so he switched doctors because she just "wouldn't believe him". Now he's on insulin, and his potassium is skyrocketing. I looked it up, and high potassium could be from kidney failure, uncontrolled diabetes, or heart medication. The best scenario seems to be the heart medication, but he's been on it for quite some time and only recently had the high potassium (and recently has the diabetes been more and more out of control).

He tends to be prone to wishful, magical thinking, so I don't know how much of his health problems I can blame on religion, but he has said multiple times that he is just putting it in "Jesus's hands" (that is, not worrying about it and possibly doing little to help himself), and Jesus is the reason he survived his bypass surgery (apparently not the doctors who discovered the blockages before a heart attack, nor the surgeons who performed the surgery).

I wish there was something more I could do to help, but it doesn't appear there is anything I can do.

Sounds like the poor guy is in denial. 80 years?. lucky if he reaches 60.

That’s sad how a cult can do that to people. It’s like when they thank God and not the ones who really helped them.

The high potassium is probably from his uncontrolled diabetes destroying his kidneys. Of course, his medication probably isn't helping either. I seriously doubt he will make it past 55.

@kiramea This is what I fear. He's already said that he doesn't want his siblings to butt in and try to give him medical advice, so I try to steer clear of giving any direct advice. He seems to trust his doctors now, so I just reinforce what they seem to be saying. From what he is relaying to me, they seem very concerned about the potassium level and started him on some kind of powder medicine. He's supposed to get new blood tests next week to see if it is working.

The problem with your friend is that he has the two diseases that destroys kidneys; diabetes and high blood pressure. Ignoring one or both of those diseases will put him (eventually) on dialysis. I would be curious as to what his GFR is (a blood value that tells you how well his kidneys are working along with BUN and creatinine). Don't worry... I know you are unable to get those values; I'm just nosey.

@kiramea He did tell me today that he's on lisinopril, which is on the list of ACE inhibitors that could cause increased potassium. (I'm used to being the main caregiver for my aging mom with Parkinson's, so I know all her meds, everything all her doctors say directly from their mouths, all the possible interactions, etc. But all I know about my cousin's situation is what he tells me, which may or may not be accurate or even complete--and not because he's lying, but because he's not very clear headed sometimes.)


" I only have one wrinkle and I'm sitting on it."


A light smoker till 117. She met Van Gogh

273kelvin Level 8 Mar 10, 2019



You fail to mention that Jeanne Louise Calment also held the record of being the youngest person in the world. It’s quite amazing to have both records.


The oldest person currently living is Kane Tanaka from Japan who is 116. She takes over from anotherJapanese lady who died recently aged 117. Must be an advantage not being from a Christian country where the life span is only an expected three score years and ten.

Moravian Level 7 Mar 10, 2019

Wrong! I remember reading that some dude Methuselah lived 969 years, and a shipping magnate under the name of Noah lived 950 years...

Merseyman1 Level 7 Mar 10, 2019

How could guinness verify the other dude was the oldest? How could he know? 'smile009.gif

Jacar Level 7 Mar 9, 2019

They cannot. In an article they say " Verification disputed: a 2018 study hypothesised that Jeanne Calment's daughter Yvonne usurped her identity in 1934. Yvonne was born in 1898, which would have made her 99 years old upon her death in 1997.

@Merseyman1 - that is a pretty long life for a human, 99 is not bad! (save for the daughter's possible lie about her identity and/or age!)

@Merseyman1 This is just conjecture and rumor not proven true.

@FredTheBiped I figger Guinness was enjoying his brew.


Yes, and she also surpassed that biblical thing that says that people will not surpass 120.

gsiamne Level 7 Mar 9, 2019

That would mean I'm just at the cusp of mid-life! Woot!

No, wait....69 more years?!

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