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Is Diet Coke the Secret to a (Very, VERY) Long Life?

If "quit soda" was on your list of new year's resolutions, you may want to rethink that...

By Jenny Berg

If you've got little Diet Coke habit, don't beat yourself up. In fact, the fizzy stuff might be the secret to a long, healthy life — if you ask one 104-year-old woman, at least. 

Grand Rapids, Michigan resident Theresa Rowley celebrated her 104th trip around the sun on New Year's Day. And if that seems amazing to you, you're not alone! The birthday girl can hardly believe that she reached the milestone herself.

"I'm surprised that I'm 104," Rowley told WZZM. "When I was 100, I thought I'd never be 104; I thought I'd pass away by that time but it just didn't happen. Then I turn 101, and nothing happens. Here I am 104, and still nothing happens."

So, what keeps Rowley going? She supposes that it could have to do with one daily habit — and nope, it's not jogging or meditation. The Midwesterner speculates that her longevity could have to do with that can of Diet Coke she guzzles each and every day. 

"I drink it because I like it," Rowley said. And, she has no plans to quit anytime soon: "I'm going shopping Wednesday, and I need more Diet Coke. I have a bag full of empty Diet Coke cans that I need to return to buy more Diet Coke."

Perhaps the juggernaut brand has found its latest ambassador. 

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