National Geographic : 2007 Aug
Sardinians Drink red wine (in moderation) Share the work burden with spouse Eat pecorino cheese (and other omega-3 foods) All Don't smoke Put family first Be active every day Keep socially engaged Eat fruits, vegetables, Adventists and whole grains Okinawans Eat nuts and beans Keep lifelong friends Observe the Sabbath Eat small portions Have faith Findpurpose A daily glass of red wine with a high con centration of a component thought to prevent heart disease could help too. As does a strong family dedication to care for the elderly-gerontologists say seniors who live near loved ones tend to live longer. IN CALIFORNIA, Seventh-day Adventists live four to ten years longer than the state's average, following a faith that preaches and practices health. Their lifestyle forbids smoking and alcohol and discourages con suming meat, caffeine, and rich foods. Instead, they eat mostly grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables, and drink five glasses of water each day-all of which may lower risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Many are also active as volunteers, feeling valued while avoiding life-shortening lone liness. As one 112-year-old observes, "Of course I feel lonely once in a while, but for me that's always been a sign to get up and help somebody." IN ITALY, Sardinian men reach 100 at a PHILIPS sense 5md simplicity rate more than twice as high as the aver age for Italy. Their isolated villages have preserved a traditional way of life that promotes longevity. Up before dawn doing chores, walking miles each day with their sheep, and turning over the stress of household responsibilities to their wives may explain the nearly one-to one ratio of male to female centenarians.