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Twenty-five year UWA study reveals secrets of men who live to 100 years of age

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The largest study of ageing men in the southern hemisphere is exploring why some men have achieved centenarian status and how they have managed to avoid age-related diseases.

The Health in Men Study is a long-term study by The University of Western Australia’s (UWA’s) Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA), following the health of more than 12,000 WA men as they age.

The findings have improved understanding of common diseases and health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity, and led to new information and changes in health practice.

This week, the study celebrates 25 years of discovery and will share its learnings at a lecture on ageing well.

The lecture, ‘What does a 25 year study of Perth teach us about ageing well?’ on Thursday, September 9 will celebrate the discoveries made over the lifetime of the study and how to achieve better health and wellbeing outcomes as men age.

For the first time, the study is exploring ‘extreme longevity’ in men that live to 100.

Lead Investigator and WACHA director Professor Leon Flicker AO, said centenarians were now Australia’s fastest-growing demographic.

“To live to be 100 years old is a fantastic achievement,” Flicker said.

“Australians are living longer and healthier lives. 

“Over the past two decades, the number of people aged 85 years and over has increased by 117 per cent.

“This data has generated many meaningful health insights and provides the key information on how to live longer and healthier lives.”

Flicker hoped the findings from this study help could develop a positive ageing strategy for future generations.

“Ageing well is the ‘new frontier’ in health.

“The concept is for people not only to live as long as possible, but also free from illness and engaged in life’s activities.

“It is something to which we are all looking forward,” he said.

The lecture will be held at the UWA Business School on Thursday 9 September at 6pm.

For those in Perth, RSVP at wacha@uwa.edu.au or call 08 9224 0295.

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