Top 10 US States with Longest Lifespans and Healthy Lifestyles: Could They Be the Next Blue Zones?

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States With Long Lifespans and Healthy Lifestyle

  • Residents in California, Minnesota, and Utah tend to have especially long and healthy lives
  • Author Dan Buettner’s concept of Blue Zones highlights locations with lower incidence of chronic disease and longer life expectancies
  • A new index from online pharmacy NowPatient grades U.S. states on health and longevity based on sleep, physical activity, and anxiety/depression
  • States with a high number of Google searches for meat-free restaurants and a high share of the population that is religious rank higher on the index
  • Blue Zones: States with Potential for Longevity

    A new report finds that residents in California, Minnesota, and Utah tend to have especially long and healthy lives. Author Dan Buettner’s concept of Blue Zones highlights locations with lower incidence of chronic disease and longer life expectancies. A new index from online pharmacy NowPatient grades U.S. states on health and longevity based on sleep, physical activity, and anxiety/depression. The index also rewards states for reasons that might seem curious, like having a high number of Google searches for meat-free restaurants.

    Factors Affecting Longevity

    As seen in the coverage by NowPatient, Blue Zones’ food guidelines recommend reducing eggs, fish, and dairy, and having a diet that is between 95.0% to 100.0% plant-based. States where a high share of the population is religious also rank higher, as people in Blue Zones tend to belong to faith-based communities.

    In hindsight, the report sheds light on the potential for certain states to become Blue Zones and the factors that contribute to longevity and a healthy lifestyle.

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