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The secrets of longevity

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Residents of Okinawa, Sardinia, and Loma Linda, California, live longer, healthier lives than just about anyone else on Earth. What do they know that the rest of us don't?

National Geographic has a stunning feature about The Secrets of Long Life The page looks just like a teaser to buy the magazine, but there is a menu to the left. Be sure not to miss the Sights and Sounds.

The secrets of course aren't really secrets:

  • Have strong bonds with family and friends
  • Stay active
  • De-stress
  • Watch your diet

I was very impressed by the pictures of healthy, very active, very old people and sad to learn that two of the three longevity cultures are disappearing because the younger people start eating potato chips and french fries. Obesity rates are skyrocketing in Okinawa.

The conclusion of the documentary maker: Genes account for only 30%, the majority of how long you live is up to your lifestyles, it's up to you.

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