|How do you feel about growing older? Do you fear it as a process of physical and mental deterioration? Or do you look forward to it as a process of increasing wisdom and piness? truth is in our increasingly youth-obsessed culture, many people are afraid of aging.They often believe that middle-age marks the beginning of the end of their health, appearance, and vitality. But is this really true? In his latest book, Healthy at 100, John Robbins, the award-winning health activist and author, argues that there are concrete methods for living a long, healthy, productive, and happy life. In order to learn these methods he investigated four regions whose inhabitants are known to have the longest average life expectancies and the highest known average levels of health in the world.|
These four regions are Abkhasia (pronounced "ab-KAY-zha") in the Caucasus mountains of southern Russia, the valley of Vilcabamba in Ecuador, the Hunza region of Pakistan, and the island of Okinawa in Japan. These places exhibit outstanding differences. They are geographically very distant from one another. They vary greatly in climate, terrain, and altitude. And the people of these regions have different cultures and racial backgrounds.
|However, the similarities among the inhabitants of these regions are even greater. In these areas it's common for elders to live past ninety and even one hundred. The people of these cultures display none of the lethal diseases that plague modern society. They have almost zero rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cognitive impairment. They also look extremely youthful. Almost no one is stooped over and most have extremely straight postures. They exhibit almost no baldness or tooth decay. They have such excellent eyesight and hearing that almost no one wears glasses or hearing aids. In fact, most grandmothers in these regions can thread a needle with their naked eyes.|
The elders in these regions also display almost unbelievable physical energy. People over ninety and even over a hundred are able to work all day long and hike long distances over hilly terrain. They remain active in their family and community life until just a few months or even weeks before the time of death.
The author argues that there are four main reasons why these societies produce such healthy, long-living people.