Have you wondered what the secret is to a long and healthy life?
Have you wondered what makes people in certain regions of the world have not only longer lifespans, but increased health spans?
In 2018, I was fortunate to be in one of the 5 blue zones in the world, one of the regions with the highest density of centenarians. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Raffaele Sestu, the doctor to the centenarians in Sardinia, and interview one of his patients, who was 99 years old at the time.
Dr. Sestu’s prescription for a long and healthy life:
Environment: how and where we live plays an important role in our health.
Nutrition: eating whole foods in season, that grow in our own geographic area.
Integration: movement throughout the day – the 99 year old lady, nonna Assunta, whom I interviewed, walked 5 km each way daily to a field where she worked and back, from her childhood into adulthood. Integration in our communities and positive contribution to our families and communities is crucial.
Genetics: while we cannot alter our genetic make up, our lifestyle habits can influence the expression of some of the genes.
To learn more about Dr. Sestu’s observations as a doctor to the centenarians and anecdotes from living in Arzana, Sardinia, one of the blue zones, enjoy these 4 mini-videos here:
Interview with Dr. Sestu – Centenarians in Arzana, Sardegna – Part 1
Interview with Dr. Sestu – Centenarians in Arzana, Sardegna – Part 2
Interview with Dr. Sestu – Centenarians in Arzana, Sardegna – Part 3
Interview with Dr. Sestu – Centenarians in Arzana, Sardegna – Part 4
To learn more about all of the 5 Blue Zones, learn from the explorer and author who discovered them, Dan Buettner.
To Your Health, Dr. Bojana
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About the Author
Dr. Bojana (Boy•ana) Jankovic Weatherly is an award winning physician, double board certified in internal and integrative medicine. After completing internal medicine residency, she did a fellowship in integrative medicine, trained in functional medicine, nutrition and mindfulness. Her approach is rooted in evidence-based medicine that is personalized to each individual she works with.