Secrets of the world’s oldest people – The Vancouver Sun (Vancouver, British Columbia) – By Deidre Macdonald, ND – (Tuesday, December 13, 2011) –

by drsjbecker on December 27, 2011

In Western society we are living longer than ever before. In the late 1800’s a child born in North America could expect to live to 47 years of age. A child born today can expect to live an average of 75 years. But we are not necessarily living better.

We have more chronic degenerative disease than any other society on the planet. We suffer with more diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and arthritis than any other cultures, largely due to our lifestyle. What is the point of increasing our life span if we do not also increase our health span? To take advantage of a rich full life, we have to be more proactive in looking after our health. Wisdom can be gained from studying the cultures of the world with the longest healthy lifespan.

In Japan, Okinawa is home to the largest population of centenarians in the world. Costa Rica has a tribe of people who live long and healthy lives compared to North Americans. When we study the societies in which people live the longest and enjoy good health the longest, there are several key themes that we can learn from. What are the secrets to longevity?


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