Blue Zone

Blue Zones is an anthropological concept that describes the characteristic lifestyles and the environments of the world’s longest-lived people. The term Appeared first year as international concept in the November 2005 National Geographic magazine cover story “The Secrets of a Long Life” [1] by Dan Buettner . Buettner identified five geographic areas where people live statistically longest: Okinawa ( Japan ); Sardinia ( Italy ); Nicoya ( Costa Rica ); Icaria ( Greece ) and among the Seventh-day Adventists inLoma Linda, California . He offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives.

Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain [2] outlined in the Journal of Experimental Gerontology , [3] who identified Sardinia ‘s Nuoro province as the region with the highest concentration of male centenarians . They have been concentrating blue circles on the map of the world. Together with demographers Pes and Poulain , Buettner broadened the term, applying for validated longevity areas of Okinawa, Japan and among the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California. Buettner andPoulain , under the aegis of National Geographic, then identified and validated longevity hotspots in Nicoya, Costa Rica and Icaria, Greece.


Buettner in the book The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’s Lived the Longest : [4]

  • Sardinia , Italy (in particular Ogliastra , Barbagia di Ollolai and Barbagia of Seulo ): one team of demographers found a hot spot of longevity in mountain villages where an amazing proportion of men reach the age of 100 years. [4] In particular, a village called Seulo , located in the Barbagia of Seulo , holds the record of 20 centenarians from 1996 to 2016, which confirms it is “the place where people live the longest in the world” [5]
  • The islands of Okinawa , Japan : Another team examined a group that is among the longest-lived on Earth. [4]
  • Loma Linda, California : Researchers Studied a group of Seventh-day Adventists Who rank Among North America ‘s longevity all-stars. [4] [6]
  • Nicoya Peninsula , Costa Rica : The peninsula was the subject of research on a Quest Network expedition which began on January 29, 2007. [4] [7] [8]
  • Icaria , Greece : An April 2009 study on the island of Icaria uncovered the location of the 90-year-olds on the planet – nearly 1 out of 3 people make it to their 90s. Furthermore, Icarians “have about 20 percent lower rates of cancer, 50 percent lower rates of heart disease and almost no dementia.” [4] [9]

Residents of these places produce a high rate of centenarians, suffer a fraction of the diseases that commonly kill people in other parts of the world, and enjoy more healthy years of life. [10]


The people inhabiting the Blue Zones share common lifestyle features that contribute to their longevity. The Venn diagram at the right highlights The Following six shared characteristics Among the people of Okinawa, Sardinia, and Loma Linda Blue Zones: [11]

  • Family – put ahead of other concerns
  • Tuxedo
  • Semi-vegetarianism – the majority of food is derived from plants
  • Constant moderate physical activity – an inseparable part of life
  • Social engagement – people of all ages are socially active and integrated into their communities
  • Vegetables – commonly consumed

In his book, Buettner provides a list of nine lessons, covering the lifestyle of blue zones people: [12]

  1. Moderate, regular physical activity .
  2. Life purpose .
  3. Stress reduction .
  4. Moderate calories intake .
  5. Plant-based diet .
  6. Moderate alcohol intake, especially wine.
  7. Engagement in spirituality or religion .
  8. Engagement in family life.
  9. Engagement in social life.

See also

  • AARP / Blue Zones Vitality Project
  • Longevity


  • Buettner, Dan (2012). The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’s Lived the Longest . Washington, DC: National Geographic. ISBN  978-1426209482 . OCLC  777659970 .
  • Buettner, Dan (2010). Thrive: finding happiness the Blue Zones way . Washington, DC: National Geographic. ISBN  978-1426205156 . OCLC  651074951 .


  1. Jump up^ “Longevity, The Secrets of Long Life – National Geographic Magazine” . . Retrieved 2017-04-03 .
  2. Jump up^ Foal M .; GM Pes; Grasland C .; Carru C .; Ferucci L .; Baggio G .; Franceschi C .; Deiana L. (2004). “Identification of a Geographic Area Characterized by Extreme Longevity in the Sardinia Island: the AKEA study”. Experimental Gerontology . 39 (9): 1423-1429. doi : 10.1016 / j.exger.2004.06.016 . PMID  15489066 .
  3. Jump up^ Foal, Michel; Pes, Giovanni Mario; Grasland, Claude; Carru, Ciriaco; Ferrucci, Luigi; Baggio, Giovannella; Franceschi, Claudio; Deiana, Luca (2004-09-01). “Identification of a geographical area characterized by extreme longevity in the Sardinia island: the AKEA study” . Experimental Gerontology . 39 (9): 1423-1429. doi : 10.1016 / j.exger.2004.06.016 .
  4. ^ Jump up to:f Buettner, Dan (21 April 2009) [2008]. “Contents”. The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’s Lived the Longest (First Paperback ed.). Washington, DC : National Geographic . p. vii. ISBN  978-1-4262-0400-5 . OCLC  246886564 . Retrieved 15 September 2009 .
  5. Jump up^ “Alone, it is the world’s longest Soprannomi e segreti del paese dei record – Cronaca – The Unione” . The Unione . 2016-04-03 . Retrieved 2016-11-27 .
  6. Jump up^ Cooper Anderson, Gary Tuchman (November 16, 2005). “CNN Transcripts on Living Longer” . Retrieved 2006-08-25 . SeeCNN excerpton YouTube.
  7. Jump up^ “Nicoya, Costa Rica” . . Retrieved 2011-03-04 .
  8. Jump up^ Dan Buettner (2007-02-02). “Report from the ‘Blue Zone’: Why Do People Live Long in Costa Rica?” . ABC News . Retrieved 2011-03-04 .
  9. Jump up^ The Island Where People Live Longer ‘ , NPR:Weekend EditionSaturday, May 2, 2009.
  10. Jump up^ Buettner, Dan: “The Secrets of Long Life.”, Page 9.National Geographic, November 2005.
  11. Jump up^ Power 9 ™ Blue Zones – Live Longer, Better: “Blue Zones – Live Longer, Better”, Quest Network, 2006.
  12. Jump up^ Buettner, Dan (2012-11-06). The Blue Zones, Second Edition: 9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’s Lived the Longest . National Geographic Books. ISBN  9781426209499 .

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