Charles Osgood presented an interesting segment on yesterday’s CBS Morning News called “Life Goes On.” Various experts and centenarians spoke about the “secrets” to living a longer life. A plant-based diet was repeatedly named as one of the major contributors to longevity (possibly adding a decade to life) along with being socially connected and exercising on a regular basis. It was acknowledged that genetics played a role in longevity; however, it was stated that genetics and, therefore, lifespan could be manipulated by changing one’s behaviors (ie. plant-based diet, better social life and exercise). It was reported that the Seventh-Day Adventists, who believe that physical health is a pathway to spiritual health, have a history of longevity. One of the main reasons noted was that they follow a plant-based diet. I searched for a You Tube clip of this notable segment of the CBS Sunday Morning News with no luck; however, I did find the following CNN video clip from July 14, 2006 in which Anderson Cooper discusses with National Geographic researcher, Dan Buettner, Mr. Buettner’s findings concerning the “Secrets of Longevity.”
One of the common threads in the three regions with the most longevity (ie. Okinawa, Sardinia and Loma Linda, California) is that the people in these regions followed a predominantly plant-based diet. I am certainly not surprised by these findings, but I found this clip interesting and believe the research to be credible. I’m always happy to see positive news segments surrounding plant-based diets so I thought I’d share.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this clip as much as I did! Namaste!!