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The Oldest Woman In Europe At 115 Years-Old, Credits Staying Single and Eating Raw Eggs As The Key To Her Longevity

At 115 and three months, Italy's Emma Morano is the oldest person in Europe and the fifth oldest in the world. She eats two or three raw eggs a day and has stayed single for most of her life. Today, she still lives alone. 'I didn't want to be dominated by anyone,' she said.

Take it from the oldest European: The keys to a long life are raw eggs and staying single.

At 115 years old, Italy's Emma Morano is the oldest person in Europe and the fifth oldest in the world. Her diet and her relationship status have kept her young, she told the New York Times.

Morano chugs two or three raw eggs a day, a habit she started as a teenager in the 1910s. Then, her doctor said it would help her anemia and it continues to keep her healthy now, she said.

The oldest woman stayed single and ate 100,000 eggs over the course of her life. While many people are concerned with things like salmonella, there can be a lot of health benefits to chugging raw eggs, many of which outrun the risk. In Morano’s case, for instance, the raw eggs likely helped her live a long, healthy life.

And while she was once married -- a relationship that ended in 1938 -- she has been single for most of her life, another factor in her longevity, she said.

Italy’s Emma Morano is the oldest person in Europe and the fifth oldest in the world

"I didn't want to be dominated by anyone," she said, explaining that she has had many opportunities to pair off, but has preferred to live alone. Even today, she lives on her own in a tiny apartment.

Morano was born on Nov. 29, 1899, in Civiasco, Italy. As an adult, she moved to Verbania, where she worked in a sack-making factory.

She comes from a family of long lives: One of her sisters lived to 102. Another one died just before she turned 100.

"She's aware of the privilege of living," said her doctor, Carlo Bava, who has overseen her health since she turned 90.

Morano is overall in good health, he said, but refuses to go to leave her home for treatments. Instead, Bava makes monthly house calls. Her niece delivers meals -- her raw eggs, ground meat, pasta and bananas -- so she doesn't have to leave the flat.

Morano is pleased with her age-induced fame. Researchers stop by her home to study her and Italy's last president, Giorgio Napolitano, even issued a certificate commemorating her life and health.

"115 years are a lot," she said.


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