Oldest family in the world reveal their secret to a long life

The Donnellys are an Irish family who have recently entered the Guinness book of world records. Their merit? They seem to have the secret to a long life. They’ve managed to live many, many years. That is, these 13 siblings have a combined aged of… 1075 years!

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Leo, Colm, Kathleen and Brian are the four younger brothers, and they are 72, 73, 75 and 76 years old. Their elder brothers are Seamus (80), Terry (81), Tony (83), Rose (85), Mairead (86), Peter (87), Eileen (90) and Maureen (92). Finally, Sean is the eldest, who has already turned 93.

The siblings wondered if they would be the oldest family in the world and it turned out that the Guiness book of records told them they were right. Since they were granted the record in May, their story has appeared in.

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But what has caught the attention of most people is not just their old age, but more precisely how they managed to achieve an old age in an almost perfect health condition.

When asked whether we’d like to live a long live, most people would say yes, but only if we manage to age healthily. Such is the Donnelly’s case. So what’s their secret then? The question has been posed so many times that finally the siblings have revealed the answwer.


And it turns out that the secret to a long life couldn’t be simpler and cheaper! The secret behind the Donnelly’s longevity is traditional porridge oats, and not just for breakfast!

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Leo has told the British press: “The key is eating a bowl of porridge every night. We’ve always followed daddy’s habit of that nice warm bite before sleep. Porridge at around 10pm, then porridge again for breakfast at 7am. Cooked oats, milk, perhaps a spot of jam on top.”

Oatmeal is a healthy and cheap food that protects our heart by lowering cholesterol. In addition, it helps prevent overweight and diabetes, provides us with quality carbohydrates and is high in fiber.

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When we heat oats we make porridge, which has been part of the diet in European countries for centuries, and especially typical in the British Isles. Today, porridge has become fashionable again. And according to the Donnelly family, it’s also the secret to a long life.


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