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IKARIA, GREECE: The Oldest People On Earth Reveal The Secrets To Living Past 100
Business Insider ^ | 07/15/2012 | Dina Spector

Posted on 07/15/2012 5:28:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

Ikaria Greece

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There's no magic bullet to living beyond the age of 100. But some places are on the right track. 

National Geographic writer Dan Buettner seeks out "Blue Zones," a few pockets around the world where a higher number of people live for a remarkably long time.

The remote island of Ikaria in Greece is one hotspot of exceptional human longevity. Here, there are more healthy people over 90 than any other place on the planet.

Buettner and his team spent 15 months studying the centenarians of Ikaria. The trip was documented in a series of videos, in which the researchers identified eight major secrets to reaching a record-setting age.  

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TOPICS: Health/Medicine; Society
KEYWORDS: age; centenarians; greece; longlife

1 posted on 07/15/2012 5:28:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

First, some geography. Ikaria is an isolated Greek island in the Aegean Sea.

Amid the lush green forests and beautiful waters, you'll find people who live longer than anywhere else on Earth.

Buettner says only about 20 percent of how long we live is dictated by genes; the rest is lifestyle.

What makes Ikaria special? According to Buettner, the island is mostly insulated from the mechanized conveniences and the fast-food culture of modern society. This has helped them to preserve age-old customs and lifestyle habits that scientists believe explain their exceptional lifespan.

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2 posted on 07/15/2012 5:29:58 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

1. THE IKARIAN DIET: This is a variation of the Mediterranean diet, which studies have shown to lower the risk of heart disease and potentially increase life expectancy by 6 years. The diet is high in vegetables and beans and low in meat and sugar.

Ikarians also finish everything in Extra Virgin olive oil. The oil contains natural antioxidants associated with a lower risk of heart disease and cancer.

2. GOAT MILK: The team found that people on the island who live beyond age 90 drink goat's milk almost every week. Goat's milk is easier to digest than cow's milk. It's also high in tryptophan, which reduces stress hormones and lowers the risk of heart disease.

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3 posted on 07/15/2012 5:31:30 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind

So: the answer isn’t ObamaCare?


4 posted on 07/15/2012 5:33:36 PM PDT by Robwin
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s probably yogurt.


5 posted on 07/15/2012 5:36:29 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: SeekAndFind

The secret to having many people in a given area living long lives is living in a place with little or no record of their date of birth.


6 posted on 07/15/2012 5:37:06 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: SeekAndFind
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7 posted on 07/15/2012 5:44:31 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeekAndFind

Why?


8 posted on 07/15/2012 5:44:44 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: SkyDancer

RE: Why?

READ THE ARTICLE


9 posted on 07/15/2012 5:47:02 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: 1raider1

RE: The secret to having many people in a given area living long lives is living in a place with little or no record of their date of birth.

The Greek economy might be tanking, but even they are not so backwards that they fail to keep birth certificate records. This is not a primitive country. This is a country that hosted the Olympics in 2004.


10 posted on 07/15/2012 5:49:28 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: SeekAndFind
Having spent some time on a Croatian island in the Aegean, I can tell you it's the damned way of life. It's frikking magical.

I ate on a smaller island one day. Most of the island was owned by a German immigrant. He was 70 years old and he didn't look a day over 45. He had been there for 49 years or so. It's more than genetics. It's the way of life also.

11 posted on 07/15/2012 5:56:23 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: SeekAndFind

...Close multi-generational families.....old guys keep working ...(carpenter, beekeeper, goat-herder, fisherman, ...) take afternoon naps and don’t wear watches.


12 posted on 07/15/2012 5:58:01 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The Secret: Be Greek!


13 posted on 07/15/2012 5:59:34 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tryptophan is a natural sedative. They basically live in stasis, with their metabolism being slowed down. Makes sense if you think about it. Every living organism goes through a predetermined number of cell divisions. If you slow down the division rate, then the oranism lasts longer. How long do the goats live on this island?


14 posted on 07/15/2012 6:01:20 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: spokeshave
Yes!

Bartering is king. You put up my wall and I'll give you my olive oil.

Fresh olive oil in mass quantities, fresh veggies, homemade wines and hooch, fresh fish...

15 posted on 07/15/2012 6:01:35 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: SeekAndFind; a fool in paradise

The Secret: Help me Rhonda, Help, help me, Rhonda!

16 posted on 07/15/2012 6:02:03 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: Huskrrrr

I love you guys. Somebody posts something and you irreverent FR miscreants explode things in short order - beautiful.


17 posted on 07/15/2012 6:08:19 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (I'm for Churchill in 1940!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Retire at 45 and let someone else pay all your bills.


18 posted on 07/15/2012 6:16:56 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: SeekAndFind

There is not one “correct” diet for the entire human race. This is a fallacy which was proven wrong by Weston Price and many others.

When a population eats the same thing that their ancestors have eaten for many, many generations, they will thrive. This is because over time those who will survive and procreate are those who can survive on that diet.

Japanese people are healthy when they eat as their ancestors ate. This is in spite of them smoking, for example. There are tribes in Africa where the people are very healthy even though they have a diet of mostly meat and milk, with a few vegetables or berries.

If the author wanted to research something interesting about the Med, he should explore how little heart disease they have other there versus how much pork and lard they eat. But that would be against the agenda of some of the science community to promote vegetarianism as the healthiest lifestyle.


19 posted on 07/15/2012 6:24:08 PM PDT by webstersII
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To: SeekAndFind

The “why” was for why live to be a hundred? Also, caps lock sticking?


20 posted on 07/15/2012 6:27:14 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: SeekAndFind

Ok, Seek and Find, I am glad you posted this if no one else is....

It doesn’t look like they have retirement homes, or kill off the elderly first chance they get. Maybe that has something to do with it.


21 posted on 07/15/2012 6:32:41 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: SeekAndFind
The Greeks used to be so cool, ya know, sacrificial lambs, eagle eating Prometheus' liver every day, Zorba, Kojak, Fiddler on the roof, until American vegetarians showed up, and now look what happened: beans and yogurt!

(Daily diet of this Greek!)


22 posted on 07/15/2012 6:41:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Ok, Seek and Find, I am glad you posted this if no one else is....

It doesn’t look like they have retirement homes, or kill off the elderly first chance they get. Maybe that has something to do with it.


23 posted on 07/15/2012 6:42:35 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: Pete from Shawnee Mission

Hiccup!


24 posted on 07/15/2012 6:44:14 PM PDT by Pete from Shawnee Mission
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To: SeekAndFind
The Secret: Ouzo. Daily.


25 posted on 07/15/2012 6:46:38 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: riri

I went to Santorini in May...what a place! It was easy to imagine staying there - the cares of the world wash away.

You have to wonder what this modern live has really gained us.


26 posted on 07/15/2012 6:47:51 PM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: Revolting cat!

I’ll die young before i’ll eat like that!


27 posted on 07/15/2012 6:52:42 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: SeekAndFind

How weird - I actually spent time on that unpleasant, barren island - could not wait to leave - years later I learned that it’s where the Greek communists were sent into exile - it’s like a prison island - just awful.


28 posted on 07/15/2012 7:08:45 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: dalereed

I forgot to add that the food on Ikaria was terrible - swimming in grease - I’m not making a pun. The marvelous food is in Turkey.


29 posted on 07/15/2012 7:13:03 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: WorkingClassFilth

I think a sense of humor is absolutely necessary to living past 100.


30 posted on 07/15/2012 7:24:44 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: SeekAndFind

They don’t have Facebook, or Free Republic.


31 posted on 07/15/2012 7:54:18 PM PDT by real saxophonist (Proud to have been beat up and shot by the late Paul Gomez. RIP, 'Gnomez'.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yup the secret is, don’t pay any taxes.


32 posted on 07/15/2012 8:09:02 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: kabumpo
Ikaria stayed under Turkish rule longer than most of the Aegean Islands--until 1912. In fact, according to the Wikipedia article, July 17, 1912, is when Turkish rule finally ended. The island was then independent for 5 months before becoming part of Greece.

The Wikipedia article mentions Anthony Papalas, who has written a book in English about the island (his family is from there). The Greeks call it the "red island" because the Greek Communist Party gets a high percentage of the vote there.

33 posted on 07/15/2012 8:25:50 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: SeekAndFind

Being happily married to somebody who has a good understanding about what 1 Corinthians 7:4-5 means and lives it out goes a long long way to having a long and healthy life..... The infidelity of defraudment probably kills more people than the infidelity of adultery.


34 posted on 07/15/2012 8:35:07 PM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: riri
...we follow the Blue Zone diet and lifestyle for about 5 years now, as best we can.....

....lot of home made jam, vinegar, and veggies & herbs.... now fattening up this years crop of goats for relocation to the freezer.

I lived on Ikaria for some years.

FReep mail me in 30 years and if I don't reply you will know it doesn't work.

35 posted on 07/15/2012 8:46:57 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: spokeshave

Never have heard of the Blue Zone diet. I will have to look that up.

Interesting that you have lived there. (a kind Freeper let me know I had my seas mixed up, I think I meant to say Adriatic). Still and all that little corner of the world is just heavenly to me.


36 posted on 07/15/2012 9:34:16 PM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: 1raider1

The videos describe the way the team’s demographic expert went into the local records office and looked at the records of births, marriages, and deaths. There is footage showing him scouting the graveyards, too. He was confirming the ages people claimed they had attained.


37 posted on 07/15/2012 9:38:46 PM PDT by ottbmare (The OTTB Mare)
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To: riri
Never have heard of the Blue Zone diet. I will have to look that up

Check out the 10 videos by National Geographic linked above....

Mrs Spokeshave knows some of those old geezers.

38 posted on 07/15/2012 9:42:45 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Yes, I read that. It figures that of all the multitude of islands that make up Greece, the one that my friend’s friend’s grandmother lived on was the ugly stony Communist one that didn’t even have any ruins of note. That’s what growing up in NYC gets you. Even the obscure Greek island you visit is a Communist hellhole.


39 posted on 07/15/2012 10:23:58 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: SeekAndFind

One: lots of old people. As a percentage? as a percentage of what? Are there a lot of old people because for the last 40 years, the young have migrated away?

Two: what percentage of people born 100 years ago died at an early age of typhoid, tb, malnutrition, etc.?

Three: what percentage of the island died in World War I and II?

Four: Did you check their birth certificates? Their baptismal certificates? Fakery is not uncommon in the elderly...


40 posted on 07/15/2012 10:33:07 PM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: SeekAndFind

41 posted on 07/15/2012 10:37:44 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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The secret?
Red wine.
Fresh vegetables.
Olive oil.
Fresh meat.
Daily exercise.
Quiet life.
More red wine.
Young women.

Repeat as necessary.
42 posted on 07/16/2012 12:52:41 AM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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Your list is probably healthier than Tom T. Hall's...

Faster horses
Younger women
Older whiskey
More money

43 posted on 07/16/2012 7:08:15 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus
Your list is probably healthier than Tom T. Hall's...
Faster horses
Younger women
Older whiskey
More money

Well, thats always been a reference for life...lol.

Truth be told, since this current regime has taken power, I have drank more 12 yr old whisky than ever before.

(good thing or bad thing - ?)

44 posted on 07/16/2012 6:07:45 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: Tainan

Careful...the big booze companies might start donating to Obama figuring that people will buy a lot more whiskey if he is re-elected.


45 posted on 07/16/2012 6:46:26 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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