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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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Vinny February 16 2014 at 12:02 AM

If saomeone says it because of Olive Oil, I WILL PUKE

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JOHN JUANOPULOS February 15 2014 at 10:16 PM

I somewhat agree. There is a place in Greece (Called) old man's town) where the greek goverment does not allow anyone to live there because people lived to be more than 150 years old, and still going. But ofcourse what you eat means a lot. lamb is the worse meat to eat in Greece but people still eat it. After all these years England decided to buy that part of Greece and built a 10 story hotel. The town is in a real tall mountain and they still call it the old man's town. But England building a hotel there? makes me woder

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belldn3 February 15 2014 at 9:37 PM


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Penny February 15 2014 at 8:55 PM

I wonder if the study considered people who move to these areas later in their life or if these people are only those who have been born and raised there. Perhaps I'll consider moving soon.

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JOHN JUANOPULOS February 15 2014 at 10:17 PM

Penny I think it is for the people that were born there. So go go Greece be born again and you got it made

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gfirealty February 15 2014 at 8:44 PM

Many of these items may indeed be true, but nothing...nothing.... beats good genetics

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z February 15 2014 at 8:49 PM

That and each of those contries have a good universal healthcare program that has an emphasis on preventative medicine...

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JackieRay February 15 2014 at 9:42 PM

people living 90+ years cant have good health car untill there 70s so thats not it I lean towards ganes

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JOHN JUANOPULOS February 15 2014 at 10:18 PM

Wrong. America has the best health care system but there are too many sick people

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Betty Webb February 15 2014 at 10:29 PM

True on the genetics part, gf. My family does just about everything we're not supposed to do -- lots of fried food, plenty of bad habits (not a saint among us) -- but most of us live into our 90s. My grandmother made it to 102, and was still mentally alert when she died of pneumonia.

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bharrison777 February 15 2014 at 7:19 PM

How about genes?

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Michael February 15 2014 at 7:17 PM

i personally have no desire to live to be 90, 80, 70 or even 60 for that matter, all a matter of personal preferance .....

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Your Highness February 15 2014 at 6:37 PM

Wow, napping, bonding & walking. . . WHO DOES THAT. . . ?

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gudtip February 15 2014 at 5:03 PM

I must be more fortune then most, my normal sleep is 4 hours per day without naps, this have been all my life even when I was a kid, I eat a lof of meat, in another 2 months will be my 50th years of marrige with the same girl, maybe that have been my secret of still feeling good at 70 and still running a Company, drink about 2 oz. of good red wine once or twice per week. Every morning I Thank God for another Day and everything in it. both my parents passed on young, I may not make it to 90 but what ever will be it will be decided by Some One Upstairs

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dbmacmath February 15 2014 at 10:24 PM

good for you two!!!!

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cwrightfpt February 15 2014 at 4:58 PM

Read the section on the people of Loma Linda, California, in Dan Buettner's book. Find out why they are the only "Blue Zone" in America. If one reads the responsible research carefully, he or she will see a method which is scientifically proven to work. Only trouble is, the method reminds me of Kepler and Galileo, who stated that the Earth revolves around the sun, not the other way around, which in their time was the "common knowledge" of all. 500 years later, the Catholic Church issued an apology to Galileo.

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phbotham February 15 2014 at 6:16 PM

If I lived in the SDA ghetto of Loma Linda, all the healthful practices in the world would not offset the stress of living around those people.

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sagerras February 15 2014 at 9:14 PM

odd that people in loma lina would live longer with thier Ground water is contaminated by a plume of the chemical perchlorate which was used in the manufacture of solid rocket fuel. Also, this chemical was formerly (decades ago and in very small amounts) prescribed by physicians to control the overactive thyroid glands of certain patients. Attempts to quantify the effects of low-level exposure to perchlorate have met with resistance from environmental (and other) activists. A nearby plant operated by Lockheed Aerospace has been implicated in the improper disposal of the rocket fuel ingredient, which leached into the ground water northeast of Loma Linda. Loma Linda's municipal water supply, nevertheless, has been unaffected by the plume, primarily because Lockheed Martin installed a $19 million treatment plant in 2010 to remove both perchlorate and trichloroethylene from water after pumping it from the aquifer. The San Bernardino Valley has some of the worst breathing-air quality in the United States, because of the prevailing westerly winds that blow large amounts of pollutants from Los Angeles County into this area of San Bernardino County.

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sagerras February 15 2014 at 9:27 PM

linda loma has a large group of Seventh-Day Adventists who are vegetarians who live in loma linda they as a gruop live longer ...but the ones who are not 7th day dont have the same health history as the 7th day dose

the 7th day are physically active, and involved in their community. In other words, their lifestyles are quite unique in an America where community has become less and less important and over one third of the population is obese. Smoking and drinking are discouraged by the faith, as is the consumption of caffeine, rich foods, and certain spices. By most of our hyper-connected standards, the Seventh-Day Adventists are also an isolated community. Unlike other Christian sects that take their Sabbath on Sunday, they take theirs on Saturday. The more conservative members of the religion cut themselves off from popular culture altogether.

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