Why Is Sardinia A Blue Zone?

The island of Sardinia is the first blue zone to have been declared. Dan Buettner stumbled upon Sardinia when looking for the keys to longevity. He has since identified 7 other blue zones around the world such as Okinawa in Japan and Icarus in Greece. A blue zone is an area where there is a high level of longevity, typically a large number of a population over 100 years of age.

The zones across the planet suffer a fraction of the diseases that commonly kill people in other parts of the developed world. Interestingly in Sardinia, there are as many males centenarians as there are women centenarians, which is what made Sardinia stand out to Dan Buettner. Because in the United States, there are 5 women over 100 years of age to every man that reaches 100.

I was curious to find out why Sardinia is a blue zone. Why is it, so many Sardinians are surpassing the ripe age of one hundred. After conducting some research, it is clear to see that there is a combination of lifestyle factors, location isolation, and genetics that make Sardinia one of the seven blue zones of the world.

Jason Matthew Warland

Sardinia is a place beyond time. I visited the island for the first time over five years ago to volunteer on a farm. Now, I am living in the United Kingdom, working in regenerative agriculture (biodynamictrainee.com) but every time I have a holiday it will be in Sardinia. And maybe one day I will be able to combine my passions for agriculture and Sardinia together once again. Thanks for reading the article I hope it was useful to you.

Recent Posts