In today’s pollution injected world, we often heard that people are getting diagnosed with rare diseases day by day. Cancer is one such disease which is spreading like flu. Don’t get scared if I say the lifespan of today’s world is 55-75 years on an average. But there are some places in the world where people live the longest. Researcher Dan Buettner, who studies these populations for the National Geographic Society, calls these long-lived places Blue Zones. These places may be relatively isolated and scattered around the globe, but here’s what they have in common, according to the New York Times:
- A cultural environment that reinforces healthy lifestyle habits like diet and exercise
- Healthy social relationships and psychological well-being
- People who have a cooperative spirit
- People who tend to gardens
- Public health that is easily accessible
- Seniors are valued as members of their family and the community
Here are 6 places where people live longest:
1) Hunza, Nagar, Chitral, and in valleys of Gilgit–Baltistan (Pakistan)
Hunza is a tribe whose people live for 120-145 years. Their 60 years old women look like 30. These are also called Burusho people. The women of this tribe are considered the most beautiful women in the world. Hunza People and their extraordinary lifespan up-to 145 to 160 years is one of the real mysteries to the people who live in the urban areas nowadays. Their extraordinary diet and lifestyle are one of the major factors for their long lifespan.
(Note: It doesn’t come under 5 Blue Zones because it’s a specific tribe named Hunza and not a place.)
2) Okinawa (Japan)
Okinawan seniors not only have the highest life expectancy in the world, but also the highest health expectancy. Life expectancy of Okinawa is 90-100 for women and for men, 84-90.
3) Sardinia (Italy)
The residents of this place often reach age 90 or older. Here mostly farmers and shepherds live.
4) Loma Linda (California)
Loma Linda has one of the highest life expectancies in the world. Residents there are 10 times more likely to live to 100 than typical Americans. The average male in Loma Linda lives to 85-90, the average woman to 91-95.
5) Nicoya (Costa Rica)
It has the lowest rates of cancer. The remote Nicoya peninsula has an inland community in which middle-age mortality is surprisingly low: a man at age 60 has about twice the chance of reaching age 90 than a man living in the U.S.
6) Ikaria (Greece)
Known as the island of long life Its inhabitants surpass the life expectancy and reach over the age of 90 years.