By Diane Carman, The Denver Post
May 12, 2017
“A few years ago, I read about the island of Ikaria in Greece where people ‘forget to die.‘ They routinely live into their 90s, making people all over the world wonder exactly what is their secret.
Most on Ikaria say they stay up late at night and sleep late in the morning. Unemployment is high, so there’s not much pressure to set the alarm clock.
They enjoy a glass of wine with lunch, followed by a lovely nap. They eat lots of fruits and vegetables from their gardens, all dressed with fresh local olive oil, and they shy away from dairy products, except for milk from the neighborhood goats.
In Greece, the secret to a long, healthy life appears simple: wine, olive oil and afternoon naps.
In the U.S., it’s money.
A study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Monday identified three Colorado counties — Summit, Pitkin and Eagle — as having the highest life expectancies in the country.
The lowest life expectancies were in Oglala Lakota County, home of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and one of the poorest counties in America.
So what is it about the lifestyles of the rich that makes them live longer?”