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Bluezones: how to live to a hundred

Why we named ourselves “Bluezone Health”

Bluezones are areas of the world where people live much longer than average, suffer a fraction of the diseases experienced elsewhere, and enjoy more years of good health.

The term was first used in a 2004 research paper. The authors drew a series of concentric lines on a map to show where people lived longest, and coloured them blue.

The first Bluezone was identified in the Nouro area of Sardiania, the most remote and mountainous part of the island. People there are three times more likely to live to a hundred years old, particularly men.

Journalist Dan Buettner wrote about Bluezones in National Geographic magazine in 2005. He identified a further four places around the world where people live to extraordinary ages – in Okinawa, Japan, among the Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica and Icaria in Greece.

Why do these people live so long? Buettner listed nine key traits: regular exercise, low stress, a clear sense of purpose, not over-eating, sticking to a mostly plant-based diet, drinking modest amounts of alcohol and very strong community, faith and family relationships.

But it turns out even that’s not enough. Another feature that Bluezones share is isolation: geographical, cultural or both. Immigration is very low and intermarriage is common, meaning that certain genes get concentrated. Whilst a healthy diet and lots of exercise are good for everyone’s health, the super-elderly are lucky enough to combine it with a remarkable set of genes.

We’re called “Bluezone Health” because, whilst we can’t change your DNA, we can provide you with exceptional health care and ensure that you and your family recover from illness as quickly as possible, and enjoy the healthiest life possible.

Reference: Poulain M, Pes G et al. Identification of a geographic area characterized by extreme longevity in the Sardinia island: the AKEA study. Experimental Gerontology, Elsevier, 2004, 39 (9), pp.1423-1429.

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