How To Live Longer

Some age old questions are..."How long will I live", and "How to live longer"?

There are many reasons that we have a long life. We can have good genes, a good attitutude, minimum stress, friends and family, eating and drinking sanely, avoiding toxic relations, live in a clean environment and on and on.

Dr. Bennet, a researcher at Imperial College London predicts the countries that will have the best life expectancy in 2030. Here are the results:

Country

1. South Korea

2. France

3.Switzerland

4. Australia

5. Japan

6.United States

7. Hungary

8. Serbia

Women

90.8

88.6

87.7

87.6

88.4

83.3

81.7

78.3

Men

84.1

81.7

84

84

82.8

79.5

78.2

73.4


Dan Buettner, Lead Investigator

In another recent study that we think has tremendous impact on how to live longer, regardless of where we live, is titled "The Blue Zones."

National Geographic along with other individuals and organizations funded a worldwide study to find where the most centenarians lived (individuals living to the age of 100). Dan Buettner was the lead investigator that managed the study. His book titled "The Blue Zones" identified 5 areas in the world that people live the longest. The areas are as follows:

  • Barbagia region of Sardinia - Mountainous highlands of inner Sardinia with the world's highest concentration of male centenarians.
  • Ikaria, Greece - Agean Island with one of the world's lowest rates of middle age mortality and the lowest rates of dementia.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica - World's lowest rates of middle age mortality, second highest concentration of male centenarians.
  • Seventh Day Adventists - Highest concentration is around Loma Linda, California. They live 10 years longer than their North American counterparts.
  • Okinawa, Japan - Females over 70 are the longest-lived population in the world. 

The lessons to be learned from this study will serve you well in the fast moving stressful world that most of us live in. Not that living longer is the most important part of our lives, but refining the quality of our time on spaceship earth is the most important challenge.

You Can Learn How to Live Longer

Here are nine hallmarks of the Blue Zones, called "The Power Nine", as observed by the Blue Zone team:

1.  Move Naturally 

The world's longest-lived people don't pump iron, run marathons or join gyms. Instead they live in environments that constantly nudge them into moving without thinking about it. They grow gardens and don't have mechanical conveniences for house and yard work.

2. Purpose

The Okinawans call it "ikigai" and the Nocoyans call it "plan de vida"; for both it translates to "why I wake up in the morning". Knowing your sense of purpose, like an Okinawa centenarian, is worth up to seven years of extra life expectancy.


3.  Down Shift

Reducing stress is part of learning how to live longer. Even people in the Blue Zones experience stress. Stress leads to chronic inflammation which is associated with every major age-related disease.

What the world's longest-lived people have that we don't are ways to manage stress. The Okinawans take a few moments each day to remember their ancestors, Adventists pray, Ikarians take a nap and Sardinians do happy hour.

4.  80% Rule

"Hara hachi bu", the Okinawan 2500-year old Confucian mantra said before meals, reminds them to stop eating when their stomachs are 80 percent full. The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight and gaining it. People in the Blue Zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening and then they don't eat any more the rest of the day.

5.  Plant Slant

Beans, including fava, black, soy and lentils, are the cornerstone of most centenarian diets. Meat, mostly pork, is eaten on the average only five times per month. Serving sizes are 3 - 4 oz., about the size of a deck of cards.

6.  Wine at 5

People in all Blue Zones (except Adventists) drink alcohol moderately and regularly. Those who enjoy moderate drinking out-live non-drinkers. The trick is to drink 1 - 2 glasses per day (preferably Sardinian Cannonau wine), with friends and/or with food. And no, you can't save up all week and have 7 - 14 drinks over the weekend. The key here is moderation.

7.  Belong

All but five of the 263 centenarians we interviewed belonged to some faith-based community. Denomination doesn't seem to matter. Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per month will add 4 - 14 years of life expectancy.

8.  Loved Ones First

Learning how to live longer includes putting families first. For centenarians in the Blue Zones this means keeping aging parents and grandparents nearby or in the home. It lowers disease and mortality rates of children in the home too.

Centenarians commit to a life partner (which can add up to 3 years of life expectancy) and invest in their children with time and love. In return, they will be more likely to care for you when the time comes.

9.  Right Tribe

Last but not least, the world's longest live people were born into or chose social circles that supported healthy behaviors. Okinawans created "moals" which are groups of five friends that committed to each other for life. Research from the Framingham Studies shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, and even loneliness are contagious. So the social networks of long-live people have favorably shaped their health behaviors.

To make it to the age of 100, you have to have won the genetic lottery. But for most of us, we have the capacity to learn how to live longer and make it well into our 90's, and largely without chronic disease. As the Adventists demonstrate, the average person's life expectancy could increase by 10-12 years by adopting a Blue Zones lifestyle. 

To learn more, check out this book...

The Blue Zones - 9 Lessons on How to Live Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest.

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