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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Longivity Secrets in Island of Ikaria, Greek

Posted by Prahallad Panda on 6:14 AM Comments

Sea diet and siesta point to Greek island longevity: study
Siestas, a health diet -- and genetics -- could explain why people on the tiny Aegean island of Ikaria live so long, said a study by Greek cardiologists released Wednesday.

Contour map of the Aegean, with namesImage via WikipediaOn average they die between the ages of 67 and 80, when elsewhere in Greece at the time of study was 50-55. The researcher found that the residents have the habit of taking fish, fruit, vegetables, legumes and tea. Moreover, They also take olive oil, keep up sexual activity and physical activity; and go for moderate consumption of coffee too.
The study found that the elderly had healthier eating habits and took midday naps more regularly than younger islanders, presenting lower depression rates.
Although the risks of high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes are the same as in other parts of Greece, they manifest much later among Ikarians, said professor Christos Pitsavos, a co-author of the study.
It could well be due to availability of good protein, unsaturated fatty acid, physical activity; and less stress and strain in life.
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