Thursday, June 7, 2018
Advice from the Celebrated Longevity Doctor
Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, from
104 recently. One of the world's longest-serving physicians and
educators, Hinohara's magic touch is legendary. Since 1941, he has
been healing patients at St. Luke's Japan International
Hospital in Tokyo
and teaching at St. Luke's . He has
published around 15 books since his 75th birthday, including "Living Long,
Living Good", which sold more than 1.2 million copies. College
As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life - a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself. Nearly 10 years ago, he was interviewed, and gave his advice for a long and healthy life. Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara's main points for a long and happy life are:
All people who live long regardless of nationality, race or gender share one thing in common: None are overweight.
For breakfast I drink coffee, a glass of milk and some orange juice with a tablespoon of olive oil in it. Olive oil is great for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. I never get hungry because I focus on my work. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat.
Always plan ahead.
My schedule book is already full until next year, with lectures and my usual hospital work.
There is no need to ever retire, but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65.
The current retirement age was set at 65 half a century ago, when the average life-expectancy in
was 68 years and only 125
Japanese people were over 100 years old. Today, Japanese women live to be
around 86 and men 80, and we have 36,000 centenarians in our country. In 20
years we will have about 50,000 people over the age of 100... Japan
Share what you know.
I give 150 lectures a year, some for 100 elementary-school children, others for 4,500 business people. I usually speak for 60 to 90 minutes, standing, to stay strong.
When a doctor recommends you take a test or have some surgery, ask whether the doctor would suggest that his or her spouse or children go through such a procedure.
Contrary to popular belief, doctors can't cure everyone. So why cause unnecessary pain with surgery? I think music and animal therapy can help more than most doctors imagine
To stay healthy, always take the stairs and carry your own stuff.
I take two stairs at a time, to get my muscles moving.
My inspiration is Robert Browning's poem "Abt Vogler."
My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.
Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it.
If a child has a toothache, and you start playing a game together, he or she immediately forgets the pain. Hospitals must cater to the basic need of patients: we all want to have fun. At St. Luke's we have music and animal therapies, and art classes.
Don't be crazy about amassing material things.
Remember: you don't know when your number is up, and you can't take it with you to the next place.
Science alone can't cure or help people.
Science lumps us all together, but illness is individual. Each person is unique, and diseases are connected to their hearts. To know the illness and help people, we need liberal and visual arts, not just medical ones.
Life is filled with incidents.
On March 31, 1970, when I was 59 years old, I boarded the Yodogo, a flight from
Tokyo to . It was a beautiful sunny morning,
and as Fukuoka Mount Fuji came into sight, the plane
was hijacked by the Japanese Communist League-Red Army Faction. I spent the
next four days handcuffed to my seat in 40-degree heat. As a doctor, I looked
at it all as an experiment and was amazed at how the body slowed down in a
Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do.
My father went to the
States in 1900 to study at Duke
University in . He was a pioneer and one of
my heroes. Later I found a few more life guides, and when I am stuck, I ask
myself how they would deal with the problem. North Carolina
It's wonderful to live long.
Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one's family and to achieve one's goals. But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society. Since the age of 65, I have worked as a volunteer. I still put in 18 hours a day, seven days a week, and love every minute of it.
Energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot
We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults too. It's best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.
Follow all of the above as much as possible, if you wish to live a longer and happier life.