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Dan Buettner

9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived Longest

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The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner explores the lifestyles and diets of regions where people live the longest and are healthiest, providing tips on how to adopt similar habits for a longer and happier life.

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    Blue Zones are the areas in the world where people get oldest and stay healthiest.

    The world is full of unique civilizations and cultures, each with its own unique habits and customs, all adding to our global health and wellness. If you want to live longer, it’s worth investigating Blue Zones, the areas in the world where individuals, thanks to their healthy habits, grow older than people anywhere else.

    One of the first areas to earn attention for its unusually long-living and healthy inhabitants was the Italian island of Sardinia. Research from 2011 found that, on average, around one in 600 people in the mountainous Barbagia region of Sardinia live to the age of 100, in contrast to one in 4,000 in the United States.

    The Sardinians, and people in other Blue Zones, have a lot to teach us about how to live a long life – if we’re willing to listen.

    As you’ll see, it’s not your genes, but your lifestyle that has the most significant affect on your lifespan. We see evidence of this in a Danish study on over 2,500 twins; it revealed that, out of all the factors contributing to longevity, our genes account for only about 25 percent.

    The truth about living longer is that there are no lifestyle changes or magic pills that will stop the aging process. You will always age, every day, no matter what. However, the aging process can be accelerated or slowed down, and the people in Blue Zones have demonstrated effective ways of putting on the brakes.

    In the end, the right lifestyle may give you an extra decade of quality life. Interestingly, centenarians are the fastest growing global age demographic, especially in the West.

    And getting to be over 100 isn’t about getting the right vitamin supplements or planning out your physical activities. Rather, it’s about a more natural way of life, moving around naturally and eating more fruits and vegetables. All this becomes clear in examining the world’s Blue Zones.

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    What is The Blue Zones about?

    The Blue Zones (2012, first published in 2008) whisks you through the regions of the world with the highest concentrations of healthy centenarians. By examining how people in these regions live and interact, we gain insight into how to extend our own lifespans.

    This is a Blinkist staff pick

    “If you’re eager to learn about far-flung spots around the world, and, on top of that, are curious to listen to what the oldest among us have to say about living a long and healthy life, I recommend The Blue Zones. The communities featured in these blinks have one unique thing in common: the longevity of their residents. Read on to find out what sets them apart from the rest of the planet.”

    – Emily, User Engagement Lead at Blinkist

    The Blue Zones Review

    The Blue Zones (2008) explores the world's longest-lived cultures and the secrets to their longevity. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Packed with fascinating research and captivating stories, it reveals the nine common traits found in the world's longest-lived populations.
    • By studying these blue zones, the book offers practical tips that readers can apply to their own lives to increase their lifespan and enhance their well-being.
    • With its inspiring examples of individuals who have successfully implemented the principles of the blue zones, the book offers hope and motivation for living a longer, healthier life.

    Best quote from The Blue Zones

    The brutal reality about aging is that it has only an accelerator pedal.

    —Dan Buettner
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    Who should read The Blue Zones?

    • People who want to live longer
    • Health enthusiasts

    About the Author

    Dan Buettner, whose work focuses on the secrets of long life, is a bestselling author, National Geographic Fellow and host of the Netflix series Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones. His next big project is to introduce the principles of long life that he’s discovered into several US cities.

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    The main message of The Blue Zones is the secret to a long and healthy life lies in specific lifestyle factors.

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    The Blue Zones is a thought-provoking read that offers valuable insights about longevity and well-being.

    Who is the author of The Blue Zones?

    The author of The Blue Zones is Dan Buettner.

    What to read after The Blue Zones?

    If you're wondering what to read next after The Blue Zones, here are some recommendations we suggest:
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