The extraordinary story behind the island of long life
Unravel the mystery behind one Greek island's miraculous inhabitants
On the tiny Greek island of Ikaria, with an area of just 254.4 sq km (99 sq miles), something mystifying is happening to people. As if they’ve discovered the secret elixir of eternal life, people on the island are far more likely to live to 100, and diseases like lung cancer strangely disappear.
Dan Buettner began the Blue Zones project (used to describe geographical areas with superior longevity), which took a closer look at Ikaria, “the island where people forget to die.” From sex to food, stress to sleep, click through to find out the near-mystical islanders’ key to longer, healthier lives.
LIFESTYLE Animal kingdom
CELEBRITY Celebrity deaths
HEALTH Middle age