Blue Zones

Friday 29th July 2016

Blue Zone research details lifestyle commonalities that communities with high life expectancies share. The top 5 places are:

  • Sardinia (Italy)
  • Okinawa (Japan)
  • Loma Linda (USA)
  • Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica)
  • Icaria (Greece)

Specific health and anti-aging supplements are also a possible option for slowing the damage that the process of aging wreaks on the body.

The effectiveness of these existing options are unfortunately dubious and speculative. A healthy lifestyle will certainly improve your quality of life but can’t work miracles in extending your life. It may win you anywhere from a few more years to a decade at most.

For example, compare the difference in life expectancy between Japan and the US. It’s only 4 years despite Japan being number 1 in the world and America being way down in 31st.

Loma Linda, California has the longest life expectancy in North America due to dietary and lifestyle habits. The vast majority of the population are Seventh-day Adventists. On average Adventist men live 7.3 years longer than other Californians.

An extra 4-7 years gained from a better lifestyle doesn’t sound like a lot, but it could be the difference between being around or not when the technology emerges that can buy you an extra 30 years. – Lee Banfield, Exploring Anti-Aging Strategies

 

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