10 places to move abroad and extend your life
Throughout history, people have been intrigued by legends of societies where residents thrived well past 100 years old. Today, there is skepticism whether any such place exists, but health scientists do scour the globe in search of medicinal remedies and other lifespan enhancements. In fact, many “pockets” around the world have been identified as “Blue Zones,” where locals enjoy high quality of life and health in old age. While failing to offer one “secret,” these regions share community factors such as diet, social integration, activity level, and outlook on life. While genetics plays a role in how long we live, researchers believe lifestyle factors account for 75% of our longevity. 1. Japanese rank high in lifespan studies, but Okinawans boast exceptional health. Okinawan cuisine, Photo: pelican The Okinawa diet has been studied intensely. 2. Situated between Spain and France, this small principality of 84,000 people has one of the longest life expectancies in world. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.