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The key to a long life is simple.

A diet made up of two raw eggs, one cooked egg, fresh Italian pasta and a dish of raw meat.

Or so says Emma Martina Luigia Morano, who on Monday was announced by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest living person.

Morano is 116 years and 169-days-old and has lived in the same small apartment since she moved from Vercelli, Italy to Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore in 1926.

She told the New York Times that being single for most of her life has kept her kicking. “I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she said.

She succeeds Susannah Mushatt Jones of New York who died last week at the age of 116 years, six months and six days.

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Morano is one of the last remaining people in the world born in the 19th century and is only six years short of the oldest ever person to have lived.

That record is held by the late Jeanne Calment, who lived to the age of 122 years and 164 days.