“How to live to 100: Town full of centenarians spills its secrets”
by Ben Wedeman, CNN
Senior International Correspondent
The elderly inhabitants of Acciaroli and the hilly coastal areas surrounding it are the subject of a study being conducted jointly by Rome's La Sapienza University and the University of California-San Diego.
Researchers are investigating 300 local centenarians, trying to understand why people here live so long, and have such low rates of heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.
Among the things they plan to look into is whether the high concentrations of rosemary in the diet, and lots of walking through the mountains nearby have a positive impact on longevity. . . .
American nutritionist Ancel Keys (the inventor of K-rations, which kept US troops fed during World War Two) first identified what became known as the Mediterranean diet when he found in this part of Italy so many elderly and active people.
Keys lived here and studied the diet before passing away at the ripe old age of 100 in 2004. . . . .
The national health system here is considered one of the best in Europe.
And perhaps most importantly, Italians don't believe in working themselves to the point of exhaustion to get ahead. . . .
But it wasn't until we met Antonio and Amina that I really got an insight into what makes people in Acciaroli live so long.
Antonio celebrated his 100th birthday last February. After a stint with the Italian Army in Ethiopia in the 1930s, he returned to Acciaroli to become a fisherman. . .
Antonio and Amina say eating fresh food, including their own rabbits and chickens, has kept them healthy.
"I remember everything," he says. "I remember it as if it was yesterday."
Longevity has much to do with diet, mobility, and mentality. You are what you eat, and you become what you eat. A healthy diet (natural foods, and not their processed counterparts) is a must. Mobility maintains your overall flexibility. Inactivity leads to falls, which results in aches and pains, and hence a vicious cycle. Longevity is intent of the mind—an attitude to living a simple life.
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