Maps You Should Know 4
Maps You Should Know is a series of articles which will provide you relevant information about a certain topic by using maps, graphs and charts.
This episode will be focused on the Blue Zones and how we might unlock higher longevity by learning from the longest-living people on Earth.
The Blue Zones are 5 famous regions in the globe which share a very interesting characteristic – they are the areas in the world where people live the happiest and the longest.
These zones were first discovered by Gianni Pes and Michael Poulain in 2004 following a study which identified Sardinia, more precisely the Nuoro Province, as the region in the world with the highest amount of male centenarians. Then, building on this logic, Dan Buettner, an author and explorer, was able to identify 4 additional locations with extraordinary longevity – his whole exploration and investigation is detailed in many books of his authorship, such as The Blue Zones, The Blue Zones Solution or The Blue Zones of Happiness.
The additional regions identified by Dan are:
Spreading across the globe, these regions may, at first sight, not have anything in common other than being fairly close, latitude-wise. However, as Dan and his team dug deeper, they were able to find multiple similarities and common traits shared by the people from these regions which may as well be the key to unlock higher longevities.
Dan and his team were able to identify 9 common lifestyle habits, known as the Power 9:
These are the common factors between the longest-living people in the world – they rely heavily on nutrition, social circle and self-care and show that we do not need a magic pill to increase our life expectancy, but instead, most actions that may take us there are within our reach and can be practiced and promoted on a daily basis. By incorporating them in our lives, we may very likely be adding years to our lives.
by YKW // 06 August 2022
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