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Hacking life – how to live to be 100+

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photo credit: bluezones.com
In the Okinawa region in Japan a 109 year old woman is still gardening

If you want to know how to live to be 100+ then this is a TED talk for you. Dan Buettner gives an inspiring talk about 4 key geographical areas called blue zones in Loma Linda in USA, Nicoya in Costa Rica, Okinawa in Japan, and Sardinia in Italy. These 4 blue zone areas are particularly interesting because they have the highest proportions of centenarians and twin studies have estimated that only 20% – 30% of individual’s lifespan is related to genetics leaving a staggering 70% – 80% to the lifestyle. So a question arises: What do people in these geographical areas have in common and why is their life expectancy so much longer than that of other people? Continue reading