Friday, October 26, 2012

The island where people forget to die

From the New York Times Magazine, on an island in Greece where people regularly live into their 90s and 100s without heart diseases or dementia:
The researchers followed subjects for an average of six years, measuring their diets, physical activity and how much they napped. They found that occasional napping was associated with a 12 percent reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease, but that regular napping — at least three days weekly — was associated with a 37 percent reduction. She also pointed out a preliminary study of Ikarian men between 65 and 100 that included the fact that 80 percent of them claimed to have sex regularly, and a quarter of that self-reported group said they were doing so with “good duration” and “achievement.”
Also seemingly important: a Mediterranean plant-based diet and a social lifestyle.

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