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Why people in some areas live longer

Why People in Some Areas Live Longer

If you feel the years are speeding past you, author Dan Buettner has some ideas about how you can try to slow things down.

Years ago, the National Geographic fellow noticed that people seemed to live a lot longer in some places than in others.

For 12 years, he isolated what he called 'blue zones' and delved into why they seemed to promote longevity.

In his book 'The Blue Zones,' he highlights many of the things 'zone' residents do that could be key factors in stretching their life spans.

For example, people who live in Ikaria, Greece, are three times more likely than Americans to live to see 90 years old.

In his research, Buettner discovered that napping is popular on the island. Further studies encompassing all Greeks confirmed that those who took naps for at least 30 minutes a day were over 35 percent less likely to die from heart disease.

For those in Okinawa, Japan, the key seems to be in the positive relationships they maintain. In Sardinia, walking seemed to be the magic bullet.

Other tips include moderate drinking, cutting down on meat consumption and 'having a purpose each and every day.'

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lngfoto February 15 2014 at 12:13 PM

Let all live long, if you don't have enough money, the government will paid for it.

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hrdbal51 February 15 2014 at 2:59 PM

It is all about quality of life, not necessarily quantity of life. Living longer with chronic pain and illness is not worth living longer. Accidental death can also shorten one's life which is never planned.

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Richard February 15 2014 at 2:51 PM

I believe that the one thing that really helps me is having a purpose each day. Without that you feel hopeless, useless, and become depressed. Especially after being laid off and up there in age when no one wants to hire you.

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cjtoy7 February 15 2014 at 1:05 PM


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Carole Ann cjtoy7 February 15 2014 at 1:09 PM

Why would anyone want to live longer in Poland?

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jmarsinisr February 15 2014 at 1:12 PM

Just seems longer

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martinnay jmarsinisr February 15 2014 at 1:41 PM


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dave1marine February 15 2014 at 2:47 PM

It's not the QUANTITY of life that matters, it's the QUALITY of it.

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rugulah February 15 2014 at 2:42 PM

Of course, it could be genetics.

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Brenda Fay February 15 2014 at 2:06 PM

so, the moral is,..... have good relations with people, take a nap everyday,.....and a walk everyday,.... and you will live to be a ripe old age, whether you want to or not!!!! lol

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abupaul February 15 2014 at 1:29 PM

I can say that in Greece, you can't paint it with one brush. In Athens, even before the current economic crisis, people experienced a very high degree of stress and enxiety, especially women. People are also not particularly friendly in Athens either. But the rural areas and islands are another story. People there experience far less stress and anxiety and eat better food. But you also have to take other things into consideration. In Greece, especially in the rural areas where people live longer, women don't have the same degree of freedom they do in the cities or in other western countries. Women are often kept in kitchens and relegated to a very "traditional" role. I don't know how that might factor into longevity, but it would interesting to see a study on that.

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corey39184 February 15 2014 at 2:33 PM

No mention of the Mediterranean diet/lifestyle? It does boost longevity and lower risk of heart disease --author of the Healing Powers series

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