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Habits of the healthiest oldest

(Lauren Kessler, Counter Clockwise) In 2000, the World Health Organization reported that Okinawa had the longest disability-free life expectancy in the world—the longest, healthiest lives. Life expectancy is up to 10 years longer there with sixth the rate of cardiovascular disease and fifth the rate of the big cancers like colon and breast. Diabetes is rare. Three other communities – the Abkhasians (Russia), the Vilcabambans (Ecuador), the Hunzas (Pakistan) – rank right up there too…
These four cultures from four very different parts of the world, with different histories, different beliefs and philosophies, different climates and geography, have striking similarities that those who have studied them extensively (from cultural anthropologists to cardiologists, dieticians to dentists) believe are the “secrets” to their impressive life/healthspans. Here they are:
*The older people are fully integrated into the working life of their communities
*They live with a sense of purpose
*They maintain close relationships across generations
*Physical activity is a natural part of everyday life
*Their diet includes no refined or processed (or “fast”) foods
*Their diet is primarily plant-based (they eat meat less than 1x per week)
*They eat big breakfasts
*They seem to laugh a lot
It is interesting – and vital – to note that, in these communities, “aging” is not demonized. It is not a bad thing to be (chronologically) old. But neither are older people revered. They are merely (merely!) an ongoing, vital part of the life of their communities.
Community: There’s also the Greek island of Ikaria.
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