Story by: Kim Huston on May 7, 2018
The myth surrounding the Fountain of Youth, a spring that would give eternal life, has persisted through time. While we know that water can’t turn back time, Tony Buettner was interested in answering the question: What can we learn from the people who have lived the longest?
Working with his brother, Dan Buettner, author of “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest,” Tony and a crew of longevity experts, including anthropologists, demographers, epidemiologists and researchers traveled around the world to study communities with a high number of centenarians — people who are at least 100 years old.
He and the scientists interviewed hundreds of people about how they lived. They then completed analyses to find out what these communities have in common.
The team found five places that met all their criteria and dubbed them “Blue Zones”: Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Ogliastra Region, Sardinia; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.
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