Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Oprah & Dr. Oz Talk About Sardinia, Italy As A Blue Zone.

On today's Oprah show, she and Dr. Oz along with author, Dan Buetter of "The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who've Lived the Longest" talked about blue zones, which included Sardinia, Italy. (doesn't surprise me) In his research he discovered areas called blue zones, where people live the longest, healthiest and happiest. Dan and Dr. Oz visited a few local people in Sardinia to learn their secrets on longevity and health.


Turns out their diet, lifestyle and overall happiness contribute to their success as healthy people. Their consumption of natural organics such as goat milk, plant based meals and wine were the important food contributions to their daily diets. Now, if you're like me you find this type of information extremely fascinating and want to know more. I guess I know the basics of eating healthy because that's what the Southern Italian diet is made of and pretty much how I grew up eating. Today, I posted an article about the Mediterranean diet, so this really coincides with that same idea. Please go to Oprah's site for clips from today's show and further links to books and information.

http://www.oprah.com/slideshow/oprahshow/20081009_tows_bluezones/8
(Image-Oprah.com)

2 comments:

Steve Parker, M.D. said...

I wonder if the people of Sardinia are certifiably more happy than other Italians who don't live as long. Must be measured by survey.

We know the traditional Mediterranean diet is one of the healthiest, with prolongation of life and lower rates of cancer (breast, prostate, colon, and uterus), diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia and Parkinsons disease.

The intersting thing is that not all the Blue Zones eat Mediterranean-style. I suspect genetics plays a strong role in longevity.

-Steve Parker, M.D., author of "The Advanced Mediterranean Diet"

Margaret said...

Thank you Dr. Parker!