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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Oldest people on Earth...

Here's the hand of a 102 years old sardinian woman, Rosa Frau - nothing to do with germans, have no idea why but Frau is quite a common surname in Sardinia.

Anyway, the picture introduces the subject of the post, which is that we sardinian are one the populations on earth with the most ultra-centenaries, i.e. people with 100 years or more. I personally know a friend who's grandma is now 103 or so, and still kicking ass...

As far as I know, we do share this primate with Kazakhstan, a region where like Sardinia people have a very peculiar diet, which would probably starve to death the average american. or me, for that matter. There's a lot of indications in the scientific literature that a reduced-calories diet may increase your life span... Pity that I love eating... I try to keep my weight and fat percentage under control of course, but I can hardly say that I am doing it for having a longer life.

Uhm, I think i lost my thread... where the hell did I want to bring this post?

see? too much food makes you dumb....

update: nice link on (certified) ultracentenaires - which apparently dispels my previous knowledges. But hey, I'm a scientist, I don't mind changing my mind.

11 comments:

mario said...

There's another place where they live longer than normal: Limone, on lake Garda, north Italy. Scientists found out that the people there posses a special protein that protects them from high-cholesterol and relative heath problems. I don't know if that protein comes from the diet (mmmh, what are those people eating, the Asterix potion?) or maybe it's just a lucky evolution mutation (more likely to me) that is localised there as the people in the village don't know (biblical sense) individuals from outside their area. \begin{irony} Of course, it might be divine intervention. \end{irony}

http://www.answers.com/topic/limone-sul-garda

Gufo said...

as far as I know, it is a mutation and scientist up there are already studying it. :-)

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