Well, if you have already watched the recent documentary on NETFLIX : ‘Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones’ you are already aware of the 5 regions in the world, the so-called Blue Zones where people regularly live about a decade longer than the US or Western European average.

If not, let’s start it from the beginning! Blue Zones are regions of the world with the highest recorded longevity. It’s a term conceived by mr. Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Explorer and journalist, during an exploratory project he led in 2004 came to some extraordinary results. According to the official Blue Zones website, National Geographic, Buettner, and his team of scientists and demographers travelled the world in search of communities where people not only lived longer but also enjoyed a high quality of life in their old age. After analyzing demographic data and interviewing numerous centenarians, they identified five regions that stood out for their extraordinary longevity and vitality:

  • Okinawa, Japan
  • Nicoya, Costa Rica
  • Sardinia, Italy
  • Loma Linda, United States
  • Ikaria, Greece
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