Century-old Okinawans really know how to live
Okinawa has the highest percentage of 100-year-olds in the world -- 33.6 per 100,000 people. After 25 years of an ongoing study, researchers have found that these 100-year-olds have 80 percent fewer heart attacks than Americans, less than one-fourth the level of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancer, and half the incidence of colon cancer.What's more, your average Okinawan centenarian has the arteries of a person young enough to be his child. Okay, his 80-year-old child but how many people live long enough to have octogenarian kids?
Maybe more of us could. From this study of 600 centenarians living in Japan's Pacific island state, researchers conclude we could benefit from their common lifestyle traits:
Okinawans not only live longer but they also remain healthier and more active until very late in life, enjoying what researchers call an extended "health span."
"The results strongly support the view that lifestyle, and not genetics, is the main determinant of successful aging," says co-investigator Bradley Willcox, M.D.
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