A village in Italy where more than one in 10 residents reach 100 years old has revealed the secret to their longevity – and it’s a trick many of us would welcome.
Over the last six months, scientists have been researching why residents living in Acciaroli – a tiny village 90 miles south of Naples – live for so long.
The answer? A healthy diet and rampant sex.
Yep, it turns out that living past 100 is all down to a great sex life and a good Mediterranean diet based on olive oil, fresh fruit, vegetables and fish.
As a result, locals living in Acciaroli seem to be largely immune from heart disease, dementia and other conditions associated with ageing, The Independent reports.
More than one in 10 – 81 people at the mayor’s last count to be exact – of the village’s population of 700 has passed the century mark.
Local Antonio Vassalo, 100, credited his Mediterranean diet to his longevity, saying: “We only eat healthy stuff.”
His wife Amina, 93, added:
We eat a lot of fish, fresh produce from the countryside that we grow ourselves.
We have our own rabbits, our chickens. Only local products. And olive oil: we consume what we produce.Advertisement
Not to mention their sex lives are pretty great.
Alan S. Maisel, the San Diego cardiologist heading up the project, said: “Sexual activity among the elderly appears to be rampant. Maybe living long has something to do with that, it’s probably the good air and the joie de vivre.”
Well, if a good diet and lots of sex are the secret to longevity, I’m in.