Hearing is Vital to Living our Best Life – Insights from the Blue Zone regions of the world
The “Blue Zones” of the world are regions where people live the longest, and as you can imagine we all want to know more about what these regions are doing right, enabling their inhabitants to live such long, healthy lives. Now we know that hearing is one very important part of the puzzle.
The 5 “blue zones” give us a blueprint for living a long and healthy life
This idea of blue zones came from demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain, which discovered a region in Sardinia, Italy where many people live to over 80, 90, and 100 years of age.
Dan Buettner took their work a step further when he used the same criteria and found four other “blue zones”, so we now know of five different regions all supportive of longevity.
- Sardinia, Italy
- Okinawa, Japan
- Icaria, Greece
- Loma Linda, California
- Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica
Over half of the “power 9” involve social interaction making hearing vital to our longevity
These regions are culturally and geographically diverse, but they share important similarities related to diet and lifestyle, allowing us to conclude that these nine similarities are probably pretty important. If you want to live a long time, then commit to these “power 9” regularly:
- Move naturally – natural low-intensity movements like walking
- Purpose – Having a why is vital to a healthy life
- Reducing Stress – Meditation, quiet contemplation, a nature walk
- Eighty percent rule – Stop eating when you are 80% full, be mindful as you eat, pay attention to how you feel
- Plant-based diet mostly – A focus on veggies and less meat and processed foods is important to maintaining health
- Moderate Alcohol intake – A glass or two of wine a day appears to be beneficial for health and also improves social connection
- Create a healthy social network – Surround yourself with positive, healthy people interested in a healthy life
- Spiritual community – Faith-based or spiritual in nature, connecting with others
- Family – Loving and being loved, supporting and being supported
Caring for our hearing leads to better social connection and ultimately to a better life
Did you notice how social engagement is about 50% of the secret to long life? We sure did.
Knowing you need to stay connected socially, we take our job as audiologists seriously. Hearing is necessary for social connection.
So, come in for regular hearing examinations, and collaborate with us to design solutions to keep you in the loop. Your hearing is a big part of the secret of living a long and healthy life.
If you struggle with hearing loss, check out “4 Easy Ways to Stay Socially Connected despite Hearing Loss”