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  Exploring how to live to be a Centenarian - Blue Zones.

Social Community | Interactions for Longevity and Health


Dan Buettner | TEDMED 2011


youTube - Dan Buettner at TEDMED 2011 (1)

youTube - Dan Buettner at TED Talks 2010 (2)

    Yes, a social community makes a difference, as seen in the Blue Zones identified and studied.

  • Social integrated vertically and horizontally.
  • The elderly are socially integrated and held in high esteem.

The Blue Zone longevity characteristics are defined by What we Do Not Eat. They do not eat, high amounts of sugars, no refined sugars or refined carbohydrates, and they do not use PUFAs, polly-unsaturated oils. They do have a sense of wellbeing through a well-defined supportive community. (3)

blue zones show many of the traits of the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean Diet (or Med Diet) reflects a way of eating that is traditional in the countries that surround the Mediterranean. Many of these traditional dietary habits can be traced back 11,000 years.

But, over the last 11,000 years many of our grains and fruits have be hybridized for Hyper-Palatability. The drive for palatability has led to Less fiber and Less Bitterness.

A pure Mediterranean Diet, takes this into consideration and when eating Grains there is a search for Ancient Grains for the diet. A good analysis and approach to this diet is presented by The Library of Congress Podcast - The Mediterranean Diet: Delicious Food Prescription for Transforming Disease & Illness, by Amy Riolo.

    Eating a Mediterranean-style diet has been linked to a number of health benefits, including:

  1. Prevention and/or reversal of metabolic syndrome (MetS), a cluster of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. One meta-analysis of 35 clinical trials found it helped reduce belly fat and high blood pressure, elevate HDL cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels, compared to those who ate a low-fat diet. (4)
  2. Improved cardiovascular health and a significantly reduced risk of stroke: this was in response to higher amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats (primarily from fish). Even with high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides (TG). (5,6)

, however we know that of the three macronutrients in our diet (protein, fat and carbohydrates), only carbohydrates are non-essential for human life. For this reason we recommend the LCHF (Low Carb - High fat) approach to eating, i.e. ... the Centenarian Diet.

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Notes:

  1. Blue Zones, Longevity in the modern industrial revolution

    In 2004, Dan Buettner, an American explorer and educator, joined National Geographic and a team of world-class longevity researchers to carry out a project to research locations around the world and identify the spot where people are living healthier for the longest periods.


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