Human Longevity: Why the ‘few’ outlive the ‘masses’


Diet isn’t everything. We know that. We have to be happy, too. Yet, bad foods can clog our arteries. Therefore, we need to educate ourselves as to what food benefits our health and to that which brings harm. This is not easy to do. It’s not that simple. Human longevity varies from person to person. There are no guarantees from culture to culture.

Look on the internet about health and diet. Everyone has a different slant on what works and what doesn’t. There are certain things which are known to be healthy and not. It’s common sense, nowadays. Things like meat has bad cholesterol, don’t use too much salt and eat a low carb, low fat diet. The problem is that there are a few thing jumbled up, so that the truth is obscured.

Carbs are OK, it’s just that refined grain like flour, isn’t. Yes, it’s OK to eat a little meat, but what’s a little? Who eats a little? Sometimes, we have to exclude a box of crackers from our cupboards because we just can’t eat a little. If you are anything like me, you might eat most if not all the box in one evening watching TV.

You don’t get healthy simply by being trim. How you live your whole life, matters. Obviously, it’s not a good idea to eat a high fat meal. But, who tells you wheat bread is bad for you? Different cultures have elders who live longer than we do in the US. But, what makes this so?

For example, there are those living in certain areas of Japan and the ‘Adventists’ in Loma Linda, Ca. who live longer. How do they do it? Could it be their faith or beliefs? Also, close family ties? Lifestyle matters. Furthermore, it could likely also be the fact these groups eat little meat, dairy and have adopted a very low fat diet. People seem to live the longest when they largely eat a plant based diet.