Woman, 107, Credits Long Life to Butter

Juliana Koo also cites no exercise, no medicine and never looking back

by Lesley Kennedy • MORE.com Reporter

When you live to be 107, your birthday parties can get pretty big. Take Juliana Koo, for instance. The New York Times reports the woman’s bash included more than 140 family and friends.

Born in Tianjin, China, in 1905, Koo was married to a Chinese diplomat who was executed by the Japanese during World War II. Her second husband, Dr. V. K. Wellington Koo, also was a nationalist Chinese diplomat, as well as a prime minister, according to the newspaper.

“Somebody asked her the secret of long life,” Koo’s step-granddaughter Ying-Ying Yuan tells the Times. “She said, ‘No exercise, eat as much butter as you'd like and never look backwards.’ ”

Shirley Young, one of her three daughters (one has died), tells the newspaper pork bellies are also a fave. 

“And she doesn’t take any medicine,” Young tells the Times. “When doctors give her medicine, she usually hides it, or when she takes something, she takes half a pill. People keep on giving her Chinese herbs, things like that. She never takes them.”

After 107 years, she's certainly earned the right to know what's best. Now, pass the butter, please.

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