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People with strong family ties and religious faith are much more likely to live beyond their 100th. birthday than the rest of us, says a new research.
Demographers who studied clusters centenarians in Japan, Italy and America found that most shared five habits in common.
The other factors were drinking wine and eating moderation, not smoking and having a clear division of labour between man and wife so that stress is equally shared.
The population with longest life expectancy are the inhabitants of Japanese island of Okinawa, where men live to an average age 78 and woman to 86.
Okinawans have 20% of heart disease,a quarter of the breast and prostate cancer and third of dementia cases found in the US,
according to Dr.Craig Willcox, of okinawa Centenarian Study.
Most belong to MOAI, mutual support networks that meet to take tea and chat several times a week, providing financial and
emotional support throughout their lives.
The researchers believe that having IKIGAI, which translates roughly as “that which makes one’s life worth living “, is central to the longevity of the okinawans.
Many of the elderly on the island grow their own food live and live by the confucian-inspired adage. “hara hachi bu“-“eat
until your stomach is 80 percent full.”
In villages close to the Gennargentu Mountains in central Sardinia, known as Blue Zone by demographers, 91 of 17,865 people born between 1880 and 1900. lived beyond their 100th. birthday, twice the average Italian rate.
Inhabitants in the region were found to stay active , tending animals or attending to others farm duties for their longer than other societies.
Family bond were also found to be much stronger. Very few people put their parents in retirement homes as it would dishonour their family.
Whereas the ratio of female to mail centenarians in most countries is around four to one.In part of Sardinia is close to
one to one.
The researchers put this down to a strict sexual division of labour, with men seen as being in charge of physical work and
being the bread earner , while the woman are managing the home and finance.
This is believed to reduce the stress faced by the male inhabitants, thereby substantially reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Drinking moderate amount of RED WINE containing high levels of compounds that inhibits the production of ENDORTHELIN-1—-
a substance critical to the development of heart disease —- and eating PECORINO CHEESE — contain omega3 fatty acid—
mostly helps Sardinians to live longer.