National Geographic : 1973 Jan
Taking a break from moderation, Georgians honor their elderly at a banquet of chicken, mutton, beef, goat cheese, bread, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onions, garlic, spicy sauces, and wine. Such feasts occur infrequently, however. Aged Georgians consume around 1,800 calories a day, 600 less than the U. S. National Academy of Sciences recommends for males over 55. In a Soviet study, the plasma cho lesterol level of centenarians averaged less than half the accepted normal amount for Americans aged 50 to 60. In the autumn of their long love, Karum Utiashvili, 95, clasps his 80 year-old wife, Keke (above), in an affectionate embrace ratified by the smiles of relatives and friends. Get married and extend your life, con cludes Soviet gerontologist Dr. G. E. Pitzkhelauri after studying 15,000 elderly persons. He found, with few exceptions, that only the married reach advanced age.