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60 Minutes in Ikaria

IkariaA journalist from the Australian TV show 60 minutes visited Ikaria to see how the islanders manage to beat time and live for so many years.

The story mentions that “There is an idyllic island, where the residents party until morning, they don’t take pills, don’t go to the gym but somehow they manage to live well into their hundreds, are healthy and have sex even in their old age.” The crew of the show visited the Aegean island of Ikaria and recorded cases of people who have lived more than a hundred years–their lives and their diet.

All evidence shows that Ikarians live an average of ten years longer than other Europeans and Americans. According to scientists, the secret of longevity in Ikaria may be the clean air, friendly lifestyle, fresh vegetables or fresh goat’s milk. Furthermore, the mountainous terrain is also a factor seeing as moving from one place to another helps residents maintain their good physique.

It may also be due to natural radiation from the granite rocks, and the slow pace of lifestyle for example the siesta certainly contribute to their longevity.

The reporter was surprised when she saw a 96 year-old man run behind kids in an especially rocky and mountainous place, as well as another 90 year-old men smoking and drinking a few glasses of red wine.

Finally what impressed her most, was the fact everyone goes to the celebrations and social gatherings. “Old people and infants. People of all ages. Nobody feels excluded and everyone feels useful,” she said.

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