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The average life expectancy in Cuba is nearing 80 years.
Recent years have witnessed a steady increase in the number of senior citizens aged above 100 years in Cuba, Selman told reporters.

A strong will to live a long life, more fruits and vegetables for daily diet and proper physical exercise are the secrets for longevity, said the professor. Good living environments are also important, he added.

According to a research conducted by the Cuban health ministry, environments are essential in deciding life expectancy, which account for 65 percent of the reasons for a long life, while genetic factors affect people's life only by 35 percent.

Statistics show there are now 1.7 million people, out of Cuba's estimated 11.4 million population, above the age of 60 and senior citizens are expected to account for 29 percent of the country's total population by 2030.


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