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5 "Blue Zones" Where the World's Healthiest People Live

5 "Blue Zones" Where the World's Healthiest People Live

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5 "Blue Zones" Where the World's Healthiest People Live

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Blue Zones

Author Dan Buettner and his team have been working for over a decade on identifying places of longevity worldwide.

They found places with a high concentration of individuals over 100 years old and clusters of people who had grown old without health problems like heart disease, obesity, cancer, or diabetes.

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Ikaria, Greece

This island is eight miles off the coast of Turkey in the Aegean Sea.

It has some of the lowest rates of middle-age mortality and dementia worldwide. Research suggests their increased longevity is linked to their traditional Mediterranean diet.

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Okinawa, Japan

Okinawa is home to the world’s longest-lived women. 

Their diet includes staples like Okinawan sweet potatoes, soybeans, mugwort, turmeric, and goya (bitter melon).

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Ogliastra Region, Sardinia

The mountainous highlands of this Italian island has the world’s highest concentration of centenarian men.

They eat a low-protein diet associated with lower diabetes, cancer, and death rates for people under age 65.

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Loma Linda, California

This community has the highest concentration of Seventh-day Adventists in the United States.

The residents live ten healthy years more than the average American. Their diet includes grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

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Nicola Peninsula, Costa Rica

In this region of Central America, residents have the world’s lowest rate of middle-age mortality and the second-highest concentration of male centenarians.

They have strong faith communities, deep social networks, and regular, low-intensity physical activity.

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