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    DIET COKE IS THE SECRET TO LONG LIFE, CENTENARIAN CLAIMS

    A woman who celebrated her 104th birthday on Monday claims potato salad and Diet Coke are responsible for her long life.
    WZZM, the local ABC affiliate where centenarian Theresa Rowley lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan, published an interview with her Wednesday. “I’m surprised that I’m 104,” Rowley told the station. “It just doesn’t seem like I should be that old.”
    Rowley’s rationale for drinking Diet Coke may not have anything to do with her health: “I drink it because I like it,” she said. Her father’s own long life—according to Rowley, he lived to be 102—may have played a role, as researchers believe genetic factors influence longevity. If anything, Rowley may have lived as long as she has in spite of her affection for the diet soda, which wasn’t introduced until 1982.
    newsweek.com