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MIAMI (CBS4) – If you want to make it to 100, get some sleep!

New research from United Healthcare studied baby boomers and centenarians asking the latter about their secrets to aging success.

The biggest difference between the old and the not-so-old: the centenarians get a lot more sleep.

71% of them reported getting eight hours or more of sleep a night.  Only 38% per cent of baby boomers do.

There’s also a bit of a gap when it comes to diet.  More than eight in ten centenarians say they eat balanced meals while only 68% of boomers do.

Still, a lot of boomers will reach 100… 600,000 are expected to be centenarians in 2050.  There are fewer than 75,000 now.

The centenarians and boomers surveyed were also asked to choose a favorite dinner guest from among fourteen famous people including the President, Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts.

The top choice for both groups: Betty White.

Some things and people clearly get better with age.


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