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Read about one of the Blue Zones in this October 2012 article from The New York Times, "The Island Where People Forget to Die": http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/magazine/the-island-where-people-forget-to-die.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
“Blue Zones adds a segment on Ikaria…[Buettner] would like to draw a big blue circle around the entire USA.” –USA TODAY
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- Publication date : November 6, 2012
- File size : 6197 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 340 pages
- Publisher : National Geographic; 2nd edition (November 6, 2012)
- ASIN : B007WL6D60
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,242 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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With the backing of National Geographic, Buettner and his crack team of top-notch scientists went around the world and found 5 places that fit the strict Blue Zones criteria: the Italian island of Sardinia; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; the Seventh-Day Adventists of Loma Linda, California; and the Greek island of Ikaria. These regions have a disproportionately high population of centenarians, up to 50 times the US average. But even more remarkably, their centenarians are independent at a rate far higher than in the US and Europe: 90% vs 15%. What’s going on?
Having gone to medical school and read the NYT Magazine article, I thought I knew what was in the book and thus postponed reading it. That was a mistake. Buettner and team are incredibly thorough in their approach, uncovering details about living a good life that casual observation would miss. And they back every one of their conclusions with as much data as they can.
Definite patterns emerge amongst the various groups. All of them foster a strong sense of community and intergenerational cohesiveness. In Costa Rica, there’s a 99-person village all descended from one person, and there’s a touching picture of a blissed-out 104-year old lady holding her great-great-granddaughter. People hang out with family and friends every day, and the elderly live with their offspring.
All the communities eat a mostly plant-based diet. Exercise is also built into their daily activity. Although it’s safe to say that none of these people have ever stepped into a gym, every day they till fields, work gardens, tend sheep over hilly terrain, and walk around.
Some other data points also emerge. Several of the communities incorporate goat milk products in their diet, which is more nutritious than cow’s milk. Red wine features prominently in the two Mediterranean communities, with Sardinian Cannonau offering an extra dose of antioxidants. Almost all the communities eat diets rich in beans.
Although I hope you find this review useful, there are several reasons to read the book in its entirety. First, there are a lot of practices worth incorporating into your own life that I don’t have room to mention in detail, e.g. “ikigai”, your reason to get up in the morning; “moai”, a group of friends who meet regularly; and turmeric.
Second, by reading the stories of all five communities, you not only get the details but also the gestalt of living a long and fruitful life. Is there a worldview that predisposes to healthy longevity?
Third, the healthy, functioning centenarians profiled will turn your preconceptions of aging upside down. They also have sterling advice to offer: “Eat your vegetables, have a positive outlook, be kind to people, and smile.”
Fourth and most important: do you really have something better to do than learning how to live a long, productive and healthy life? If so, I’d like to know what that is. In the meantime, I also got the book for my parents, and would encourage you to do the same. Its life-affirming message is wise and invigorating for all future centenarians.
-- Ali Binazir, M.D., M.Phil., Happiness Engineer and author of The Tao of Dating: The Smart Woman's Guide to Being Absolutely Irresistible , the highest-rated dating book on Amazon for 4 years, and Should I Go to Medical School?: An Irreverent Guide to the Pros and Cons of a Career in Medicine
These people did it and it is simple.
It confirmed what I've read elsewhere; that the social contacts one has is most important for longevity. And, also, having purpose in life.
I found it interesting that, in most Blue Zones, people who live longer eat meat, eggs and dairy. However, these foods are not a high percentage of their diet. Plants make up the highest percentage of their diets. One problem I have with the Blue Zone premise, though, is that there needs to be a review of non-Blue Zones where people have social contacts and purpose in life when they are older. I, personally, know people from cultures where this is true but they don't practice healthy life styles like exercise and plant based diets. People who have adopted "western diets" do not live longer even if they do have good social contacts.
Discovering the lives of centenarians and super-centenarians (over 110) is priceless.
It is fascinating to learn that the centenarians living in the blue zones have a lot in common: 1. Their diet is mostly plant-based. They all cook and eat legumes/beans. They do not seem to eat processed food. 2. They eat organic vegetables. They grow their own vegetables in their garden. 3. Their calcium metabolism seems optimal. They eat foods rich in calcium (green vegetables, legumes, tofu, goat milk or nuts) or drink water concentrated in calcium. They walk or work outside every day and get plenty of vitamin D production from moderate exposure of their skin to the sun. They do not sit all day in front of their TV. 4. They all seem to be very positive. They all clearly enjoy life and manage their stress very well. 5. They still live close to their family. 6. They are engaged in social interactions and activities every day...