New book teaches 7 ways to live longer

A doctor and leading Cardiologist is teaching a formula for longer life in a new book, The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China. Dr. John Day visited Bapan, China, the location that has most people living over 100-year-old per capita, about 8 in 550 people. He found difference in diet, and other aspects of life for these people when compared to the western lifestyle. 
 
"Diet is only one of the many factors that set the villagers of Bapan apart from the average American. The villagers of Bapan are remarkably upbeat in their mindsets; each centenarian proclaimed they were living the best years of their lives. They live in multigenerational households, they aid in house work, they socialize, and they laugh and smile abundantly. They feel secure in their place in communities that are positive and self-reinforcing. They feel they have purpose," explained a press release. 
 
Along with other medical tests, Dr. Day did a genetic study of the Bapan residents. He was shocked to discover that the residents of Bapan had the same predictors for cardiovascular disease and obesity as other cultures yet villagers were perfectly clear of both. "There is no genetic difference that would account for the superior health outcomes of Bapan's residents," remarked Dr. Day. "They have the same genes we have in the West but their healthy lifestyle has turned off these harmful genes."
 
Dr. Day also changed his life as a result of what he learned in Bapan; from what he eats to how he exercises. The principles Dr. Day teaches his patients and the readers of The Longevity Plan are profoundly simple yet elusive to many Americans: Eat Good Food; Master Your Mind-Set; Build Your Place in a Positive Community; Be in Motion; Find Your Rhythm; Make the Most of Your Environment; and Proceed with Purpose. All of these concepts are wonderfully illustrated in the stories of the seven remarkable centenarians of Bapan, their families, and their community.         

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