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Blue Zones: Lessons From the World’s Longest Lived — Paper Summary

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Author: D Buettner

Date: 2016

Link: PDF

Note: There has been controversy regarding the data used to identify blue zones and the findings in this study. Advisable to read those before/after. See: Blue Zones Diet: Speculation Based on Misinformation

  1. Blue zones: 5 places around the world where people consistently live over 100 years old.
  2. The 5 Blue Zones:
  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Nicoya, Costa Rica
  • Ikaria, Greece
  • Loma Linda, California, USA
  1. The Danish Twin Study established that only about 20% of how long the average person lives is dictated by our genes, whereas the other 80% is dictated by our lifestyle.
  2. The lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared 9 specific characteristics:
    • Moderate & regular physical activity
    • Life purpose
    • Stress reduction
    • Moderate caloric intake
    • Plant-based diet
    • Moderate alcohol intake, especially wine
    • Engagement in spirituality or religion
    • Engagement in family life
    • Engagement in social life
  3. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best investment in health is through policy.
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