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Longevity in Ingushetia

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 25, 2011 at 1:29 PM

I came across interesting. statistics about life expectancy in various regions of Russia. According to it, people in Inigushetia live the longest, 78 years to be precise. Which is actually very intriguing because average in Russia is sixty-something and lowest is 54 in Tuva. Also, Inigushetia is dangerous and relatively poor region. So, all odds are against the. BTW, second one is Dagestan which is similar in these regards.

Of course, first things that come to mind are genetics, mountains, fresh air, natural food from pastured animals and high-quality dairy. But I'm sure we are much smarter than that and won't stop at the first obvious thing, as there should be something else. Because there are other people having the similar lifestyle, living in mountains, etc but not having such a long lifespan.

http://pik.tv/en/news/story/Residents-of-Ingushetia-Dagestan-and-Moscow-Live-Longest

Do you have assumptions beyond obvious?

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on November 22, 2012
at 11:42 PM

wow...slow day? why do you assume they eat to, or above their daily expenditure of calories just because they have abundant, quality food? conscious under consumption of calories is common amongst many healthy communities. happy thanksgiving

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on November 22, 2012
at 09:19 PM

Those people eat very well and they have plenty of food, and better quality than you will ever have. Grass-fed lamb, crystal clear water, raw organic cheese, fresh produce from their own gardens. Please do not make assumptions about something you are not familiar with.

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:48 PM

True - but it is funny :-). However these kinds of studies are notoriously difficult to do - for instance the area is "turbulent" which will skew the data significantly. And very old rural people often have no concrete record of their actual age. I'm NOT saying it's wrong (I'm inclined to believe it's true) - just that it's a challenging topic to study.

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on June 25, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Sure, anecdotal evidence usually makes no sense with those centenarians. But what's interesting is average number for a region.

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on June 25, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Still, 78 is a lot. Very close to Canada, Australia and other well-developed countries with good medicine. Taking into consideration dangers it's even more surprising... Also, there are many areas in the world where people consume no alcohol but numbers aren't the same...

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on June 25, 2011
at 03:31 PM

Also, they are mostly Muslims and most Muslims don't consume alcohol, which is the major killer of Russians.

B121fdbc1aaa6130f5bda3bf84e3ba2d

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on June 25, 2011
at 06:19 PM

Still, 78 is a lot. Very close to Canada, Australia and other well-developed countries with good medicine. Taking into consideration dangers it's even more surprising... Also, there are many areas in the world where people consume no alcohol but numbers aren't the same...

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on June 25, 2011
at 06:55 PM

i have read several articles attributing longevity to chronic under consuption of calories; an amount higher than BMR but lower than what is used each day.
i doubt there is one single factor responsible for their longer (albeit still short in my estimation) lives; synergy on some level must come into play.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on November 22, 2012
at 09:19 PM

Those people eat very well and they have plenty of food, and better quality than you will ever have. Grass-fed lamb, crystal clear water, raw organic cheese, fresh produce from their own gardens. Please do not make assumptions about something you are not familiar with.

B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on November 22, 2012
at 11:42 PM

wow...slow day? why do you assume they eat to, or above their daily expenditure of calories just because they have abundant, quality food? conscious under consumption of calories is common amongst many healthy communities. happy thanksgiving

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Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 25, 2011
at 04:03 PM

Remember back when everybody was claiming that it was the yogurt that was the magic food, in the Caucuses I believe? I think that idea is partially responsible for the popularity of 'live culture' yogurt today. It might be true, but I did read a newspaper article about the 'oldest man in the world' (probably one of several, but why quibble): someone asked him about yogurt, and he said, essentially "pffft! Hate the stuff! Never eat it!".

B121fdbc1aaa6130f5bda3bf84e3ba2d

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on June 25, 2011
at 06:21 PM

Sure, anecdotal evidence usually makes no sense with those centenarians. But what's interesting is average number for a region.

Fe29f6658ce67c1ecc4a22e960be7498

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on June 26, 2011
at 07:48 PM

True - but it is funny :-). However these kinds of studies are notoriously difficult to do - for instance the area is "turbulent" which will skew the data significantly. And very old rural people often have no concrete record of their actual age. I'm NOT saying it's wrong (I'm inclined to believe it's true) - just that it's a challenging topic to study.

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