Yisrael Kristal, a 112-year-old Israeli, is believed to be the world's oldest man. Yisrael Kristal, a 112-year-old Israeli, is believed to be the world's oldest man. Yisrael Kristal, a 112-year-old Israeli, is believed to be the world's oldest man. (Photo: Family handout)

World's oldest man, now 113, shares his wisdom

The retired candy maker, born in 1903, can teach us all a lesson in longevity.

Score one for candy lovers everywhere. Yisrael Kristal, 113, who spent a good portion of his long life around sweets working as a candy maker, is believed to now be the world's oldest living man.

Just last week Kristal – who lives in the coastal city of Haifa, Israel – was no more than third on the venerable list. But that was before Yasutaro Koide of Japan, born March 13, 1903, died. Only the day before, his predecessor, a California man named Andrew Hatch who was believed to have been 117 years old, passed away.

Kristal was officially recognized as the world's oldest man in March 2016. He told the Guinness World Records that while he has no secrets to reveal about his longevity, he did pick up a few bits of wisdom over the years.

"I don't know the secret for long life," he said. "I believe that everything is determined from above and we shall never know the reasons why.

"There have been smarter, stronger and better-looking men than me who are no longer alive," he added.

Kristal's daughter, Shulamith Kristal-Kuperstoch, said her father is "someone who is always happy. He is optimistic, wise, and he values what he has."

The Gerontology Research Group says the world's current oldest woman is 116-year-old Emma Morano of Italy. The oldest woman ever was Jeanne Calment of France, who died in 1997 at the age of 122. The title for oldest man ever went to Jiroemon Kimura of Japan, who died in 2013 at age 116.

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