Blue zones are those anomalies in the known world, unusual pockets around the globe in which the people living there experience unusually long lives, and lower incidents of heart disease, late onset diabetes and osteoporosis.
The areas were discovered when two demographic researchers, Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain were hired by the National Geographic under the lead of Dan Buettner, to identify areas around the globe with the highest number of male centenarians. As they circled regions in blue concentric circles, the hotspots inside became known as the Blue Zones.
Dan Buettner has since visited the areas to research first-hand why these populations have such long life expectancies, and has written two books about the subject.
The 5 Blue Zones are:
The five regions are culturally and geographically diverse. They have all been ‘isolated’ from the modern world for various reasons, yet their lifestyles share common denominators that we should all be incorporating into our own. Let’s look at what these are in more detail. Read more…
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