Oldest Man In the World: Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, 112, Says Anacin Tablets And Bananas Are The Key To Longevity

By iScienceTimes Staff on July 26, 2013 11:46 AM EDT

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At 112, Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez of Grand Island, NY, is the world's oldest man. (Photo: Facebook/Guinness World Record)

The oldest man in the world is Salustiano Sanchez-Blazquez, a 112-year-old Niagara Falls area man, the Guiness World Records has confirmed

According to Robert Young, senior gerontology consultant with Guinness World Records, 90 percent of supercentenarians are female, and Sanchez-Blazquez is the only male who can show proof that he was born in 1901.

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Sanchez-Blazquez of Grand Island, NY, was born in the village of El Tejado de Bejar, Spain. He was a self-taught musician known locally for his playing of the dulzania, a Spanish oboe-like instrument. Sanchez-Blazquez moved to Cuba at 17, where he worked in the cane fields until moving to the United States in 1920. After working coal mines in Kentucky for a few years, Sanchez-Blazquez ended up near Niagara Falls, in New York, where he has remained ever since.

The previous holder of the oldest man title, Jiroemon Kimura, died on June 12 at the age of 116. The world's oldest woman is Misao Okawa, a 115-year-old woman in Japan. The oldest person ever to be authenticated by Guinness World Records is Jeanne Louise Calment of France, who lived to 122 years and 164 days. 

While the world's oldest man says he's flattered by the attention, Sanchez-Blazquez doesn't feel he's accomplished anything simply by living a long time.

"He says, 'I'm an old man and let's leave it at that,'" said Irene Johnson, Sanchez-Blazquez's 69-year-old daughter. 

So what does Sanchez-Blazquez's credit with making him the world's oldest man? 

Eating one banana a day and taking six tablets of Anacin, a pill that combines aspirin and caffeine.  

Johnson thinks her father's longevity might be the result of something else, though. 

"I think it's just because he's an independent, stubborn man," Johnson said.

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