This week we received an interesting new book for people concerned about the health issues that many experience as they grow older. The Longevity Plan: Seven Life-Transforming Lessons from Ancient China is written by a doctor who was experiencing many of these issues.
Acclaimed cardiologist Dr. John D. Day was only 44 years old but was overweight and suffering from insomnia, degenerative joint disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. He was taking six medications and still in pain. He knew he needed to make a change. While lecturing in China, he heard about a remote area in the mountains where the people did not suffer from any of the major problems associated with aging and living past one hundred was common. Dr. Day visited this area, known as Longevity Village, and learned everything he could about the place and its people. This book describes the seven principles that he discovered in his research.
Dr. Day spent six months in Longevity Village and spoke to many of the centenarians living there. He followed the seven principles that work together to create health and happiness. During that time he lost thirty pounds, dropped one hundred points off of his cholesterol and twenty-five points off his blood pressure. In 2014, he began a series of four-month-long support groups for patients who agreed to follow the principles. Ninety-two percent of the participants were able to stay on the plan and reach their health goals.
While it may be what most of us focus on most, it is important to note that only the first of the seven principles concerns food and what we should eat. The rest involve other aspects of our lifestyle and can best be summarized by the word “simplicity”. The people of Longevity Village live a very simple life due to the remoteness of the area, but Dr. Day says that it is possible to enjoy the benefits of their lifestyle even in our modern world.