Neeraj Bali's Reviews > The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

The Blue Zones by Dan Buettner
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Why do some people living in certain geographical pockets of the world tend to live very long, often in excess of a 100 years? What factors encourage longevity? Is it merely accident of birth? Something in the 'water' perhaps? It is genetic, surely? Or are there lessons for all of us that can be learnt and adopted for good results?



The author, assisted by a team of scientists, set out to study the lives and life-styles of such people living in three pockets of the world - a village in Sardinia in Italy, another on the island of Okinawa, and an area called Loma Linda in California.



The conclusions were several: for long life work really hard and regularly follow a moderate physical regimen, live in tight-knit community, eat little and more often, avoid meat, have soy, have a sense of humour, have a faith, have no "time urgency" and stay away from smoking.



The book has been written simply and in an anecdotal manner. It stays away from scientific jargon. On the flip side, however, for me the book fell a little short on persuasion.



All the same, its been an interesting read.
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