Sardinia Blue Zone Centenarians’ Secrets.
Although the focus of this article is about research ethics and participants’ consent agreement, the value of the data collected is beyond doubt in the study of longevity in this part of the world. The law covering this aspect of DNA privacy needs to be challenged to test its efficacy.
Blue Zones are pockets around the world where people live measurably longer better. In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and the world’s best longevity researchers to identify. In these “Blue Zones,” they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States. After identifying 5 of the world’s Blue Zones, they took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics:
Moderate, regular physical activity;
Moderate calories intake;
Moderate alcohol intake, especially wine;
Engagement in spirituality or religion;
Engagement in family life; and
Engagement in social life.
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