“Clinical Pearls” on Living Long and Healthy from the Acciaroli Centenarians

“Clinical Pearls” on Living Long and Healthy from the Acciaroli Centenarians – An Interview with Alan Maisel, MD  (11:53)

Acciaroli, Italy is a small seaside town purported to have 300 centenarians
with a population of 1000-2000 inhabitants. That is an incredibly high percentage.

Dr. Alan Maisel, MD, Director, Coronary Care Unit and Heart Failure Program,  Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Diego, La Jolla, California, has made multiple trips to this small Italian town and over the last several years and will return with a U.C. San Diego research team in May, 2016. Along with an Italian research team they will evaluate a variety of parameters from diet to genetics; blood markers of inflammation and aging; activity levels and social structure; cognitive testing; and other parameters that will give clues on what makes this population of centenarians  live long and healthy lives.

Some highlighted initial observations include:
– Frequent smoking
– Being moderately overweight (“pot bellies”)
– Drinking MORE than probably a couple of glasses of alcohol per day
– Using and eating Rosemary on a daily basis
– Eating anchovies daily
– Frying of fish and fish consumption
– Mediterranean diet style
– Walking, but no structured exercise programs
– A good tan and leathered skin
– A very relaxed lifestyle

The goal of this research will eventually be to established a “longevity clinic” at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy where medical students and physicians can go to learn not only why individuals may live so long, but how to apply these principles and knowledge to help the everyday population age
with less disease and more function, health and good quality of life.

Alan Maisel, MD Professor of Medicine, Director, Coronary Care Unit
and Heart Failure Program, Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System
VA San Diego Healthcare System, 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, Cardiology
Section, MC 9111A San Diego, California 92161, Phone: (858) 552-8585, x7344 amaisel@ucsd.edu

Related Podcast:
What is the Real Longevity Diet of the Okinawan Centenarians? – An Interview with Craig Willcox, PhD

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