||Longevity is a factor that mystifies scientists and the general public alike. In BLUE ZONES, Dan Buettner, who is an engaging writer, shares the results of his worldwide research project, which was funded by the National Institute on Aging. Looking for the secrets to living longer, Buettner studied people in various locales--Japan, Costa Rica, Sardinia, and other places--who were just shy of or just past the 100-year mark. He examined their diet, lifestyle, and general attitudes toward life to identify common factors that may contribute to a longer, and more vital, life span--and which can be replicated by the rest of us.
||With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What's the prescription for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in the Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. And in this dynamic book he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.You'll meet a 94-year-old farmer and self-confessed "ladies man" in Costa Rica, a 102-year-old grandmother in Okinawa a 102-year-old Sardinian who hikes at least six miles a day, and others. By observing their lifestyles, Buettner's team has identified critical everyday choices.