There are four specific places on earth which have the highest percentage of people who live to 100 years and beyond. These specific places are:
Nicoya (Costa Rica)
These regions are commonly known as the ‘Blue Zones’, a concept first introduced more than a decade ago by National Geographic. It was found that residents of these communities produce a high rate of centenarians, suffer a fraction of the diseases that commonly kill people in other parts of the developed world, and enjoy more healthy years of life.
Okinawa (Japan) - The largest island in a subtropical archipelago controlled by Japan, Okinawa is home to the world’s longest-lived women. Food staples like Okinawan sweet potatoes, soybeans, mugwort, turmeric, and goya (bitter melon) & tea keep Okinawans living long and healthy lives.
Sardinia (Italy) - The mountainous highlands of this Italian island boast the world’s highest concentration of centenarian men. Its population consumes a low-protein diet associated with lower rates of diabetes, cancer, and death for people under age 65.
Nicoya (Costa Rica) - In this region of Central America, residents have the world’s lowest rate of middle-age mortality and the second highest concentration of male centenarians. Their longevity secret lies partly in their strong faith communities, deep social networks, and habits of regular, low-intensity physical activity.
Ikaria (Greece) - This island eight miles off the coast of Turkey in the Aegean Sea has some of the world’s lowest rates of middle-age mortality and dementia. Research links their increased longevity with their traditional Mediterranean diet, which is heavy in vegetables and healthy fats and contains smaller amounts of dairy and meat products.
LEARN MORE ABOUT BLUE ZONES
Many studies and articles have been written about the Blue Zones, where common lifestyle characteristics such as diet, exercise & social well being all seem to contribute to longer life.