Turkish woman claims to be world’s oldest at 118

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Asiye Sutlu, a Turkish woman, who turned 118 in April, says her secret has long been “organic food” despite suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure.

“We always ate local food -- homemade yogurt, keskek [a dish of mutton or chicken and ground wheat], ayran [a drink made of yoghurt and water] and medicinal herbs that we pick from the mountains,” the Ankara-based Andolu agency quoted her as saying.

Anadolu said Sutlu’s claim that she is the world’s oldest living supercentenarian has not been verified by any international bodies but her birth date on April 17, 1899 stated on her Turkish ID card shows she is.

“These days the food is so unhealthy that I cannot eat it,” Sutlu, who celebrated her birthday on April 17, said.

Sutlu lost her husband when she was 73 but she is not alone. She has 41 grandchildren and has her daughter-in-law Zinnet taking care of her.

“I take care of her needs,” Zinnet said. “She is happy with me.”

Sutlu’s grandson Mekin said the local “municipality” takes care of her medical needs coming from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Previously, it has been said that Jamaica’s Violet Brown who is 117 was the oldest living supercentenarian after beating Italy’s Emma Morano, who died on April 15, 2017, at the age of 117.

So far, the world’s oldest verified person on record is a French woman named Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122.

Meanwhile, it is Japan, who has the most centenarians in the world, with more than 58,000, according to the government. About 87 percent of them are women.

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