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102-year-old reveals secret to happy, healthy life

102-Year-Old Man Reveals Secret To Living A Happy, Healthy Life

NEW YORK (PIX11) - At 102 years young, Miguel Cruz sports a shock of white hair, can dominate a pool table and is in better shape than most people four decades younger.

His secret? "Be active."

One of seven siblings, Cruz was born in 1911 in Puerto Rico. He left the island in 1936 and headed to the Big Apple, where he enlisted to fight in World War II.

He married the love of his life in 1946 and settled down in Brooklyn, where they welcomed two children. He ultimately received a degree from Baruch College.

"In reality, my secret is to be active, mentally and physically, all my life," Cruz told PIX11 Tuesday.

He's held a countless amount of jobs and was rarely ever sick, undergoing procedures at 68 to remove two cataracts and 98 to replace a heart valve.

Cruz's doctors said, on paper, they would be worried to operate on a patient his age. But once they met Cruz, they realized it wouldn't be a problem.

"He's young at heart. He has a zest for life and he wants to maintain that quality of life," one of his doctors said, emphasizing the importance of a positive attitude for prolonged health.

Cruz turns 103 in August. He said he'll continue in the routine that has treated him well so far, which includes a breakfast of oatmeal, orange juice and coffee (a meal he's had every morning since he left the Army in 1947).

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Golden Saber May 31 2014 at 6:33 AM

Bottom line, he won the genetic lottery. You can have all the zest for life you want, but when it's your time to go, you're going. Period.

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philiclese May 31 2014 at 7:41 AM

I was hoping his secret to long life was twelve hours a day at the computer. Oh well...

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BB May 31 2014 at 7:34 AM

Good for you Mr. Cruz. You are very fortunate to be healthy and happy at the ripe age of 102. Not many people will ever see and do the things you have done and be able to experience the changes in the world that you have witnessed. May you be blessed with continued good health.

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ralphmroe BB May 31 2014 at 11:59 AM

Amen! May God continue to bless you with good health for years to come.

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wmcbhere BB May 31 2014 at 8:55 PM

what changes he's a hick in P. R.

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williechan347 wmcbhere May 31 2014 at 10:41 PM

You're a nobody, everywhere.

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Mike May 31 2014 at 7:04 AM

Doctors worried that at his age, how would he pay off the medical bills...

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hpycmpr155 May 31 2014 at 7:23 AM

The "trick" is to have great genes.
If you have good genes, you will live to be 100.Unless you get hit by a bus,
If you have crappy genes (like I do) you may fight it for a while but your DNA will ALWAYS win.

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cwil00 May 31 2014 at 7:13 AM

Has nothing to do with what he eats and what his exercise routine is. There are young people in the 30's and up who eat healthy and are exercise nuts and die. They come down with an unexpected illness. When it is your time, it is your time. It has nothing to do with vigor. He happens to be blessed and still healthy

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stengernc May 31 2014 at 7:13 AM

Every living organism is born with a fixed time clock for staying alive that differs for everyone. The issue is the environment you live in. Industrial foods, air/water pollution, over population stresses, wars, accidents and stupidity all shorten that life span. The biggest issue is ignorance of cause and effect and poor decision making by all of us. Evolution is a reaction to constant change that is universal throughout the universe. Ignore it and not adapt means you will not stay very long on the tree of life. Blame only yourselve for not living out your true life span.

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noughtman May 31 2014 at 6:49 AM

There is no "secret". Longevity is mostly related to ancestry, not to orange juice and oatmeal. Yes, you can certainly die prematurely by abusing your health, but nothing can guarantee that you'll live to be 100. This is what vitamin companies fail to tell you.

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Dean May 31 2014 at 7:22 AM

Would have felt better if he would have also said,"a Scotch and a Cigar"!

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makinhayzz Dean May 31 2014 at 1:18 PM

Well thats what Gorge Burns use most of his life and look how long he lived. So cigars and alcohol it is.

Lived: Jan 20, 1896 - Mar 09, 1996 (age 100) He also live in New York.

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SezWho makinhayzz May 31 2014 at 4:05 PM

Will that work for Bill Clinton? Only if Hillary is not around..

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Tonia makinhayzz May 31 2014 at 10:48 PM

Just imagine how long somebody will live if they have the oatmeal, OJ and coffee combo for breakfast, then have the Scotch and cigar before bed every night! I might try THAT. LOL

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Alex Dean May 31 2014 at 1:56 PM

He never said he didn't have a scotch and cigar , my great grand father smoked hand rolled Cigars and drank red wine , till he died at age 85, his wife had passed a few years earlier and his zest for life left with her, so basically you can cay he died of a broken heart.

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codypic Alex May 31 2014 at 3:34 PM

So true....

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sandinbox Alex May 31 2014 at 9:45 PM

My grandfather lived to 109...worked the farm by hand, smoked homemade ciggys, drank homemade vodka, ate lard, black bread, salt and garlic sandwichs and walked hills everyday and got lots of sunlight.

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ocala777 May 31 2014 at 10:18 PM

secret to life. phoney birth certificate, get social security early and than be the oldest person alive. all foreigners fake their birth certificates.

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williechan347 ocala777 May 31 2014 at 10:45 PM

Wow!!, you seem to know a lot about fake documents, Okay, what's your real name, Pedro?

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