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Old Woman's Secret to Long Life

A 109-Year-Old Woman's Radical Theory on Why She's Lived So Long

Business Insider covered this story about a 109-year-old woman on why she thinks she has lived so long. Her response is priceless.

Jessie Gallan lives in Scotland, and she turned 109 on Jan. 2.

She has a few theories about why she's lived so long.

Gallan told STV News last January that she eats a good breakfast every morning and values exercise. But according to the Daily Mail and The Times, she also says never getting married and staying away from men in general have helped her live a long life.

"My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They're just more trouble than they're worth," Gallan reportedly said. "I also made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning, and have never gotten married."


Gallan also enjoys listening to music and attending church on Sundays, according to a caregiver who says she has "all her wits about her" and is "amazing."

Gallan is one of the oldest people in Scotland. She worked hard from the age of 13 and didn't take many vacations. Her last job was as a waitress.

"I've never had to depend on anybody," Gallan said in an interview with STV News' Rebecca Curran. "But I'm fine."

Here's an interview with Gallan when she was turning 108. In this interview, Gallan doesn't mention avoiding marriage or men as a key to living a long life. That advice was unearthed by the Daily Mail, and we've reached out to the publication for more information about its interview with Gallan.

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