Identification of a geographic area characterized by extreme longevity in the Sardinia island: the AKEA study

  title={Identification of a geographic area characterized by extreme longevity in the Sardinia island: the AKEA study},
  author={M. Poulain and G. Pes and C. Grasland and C. Carru and L. Deiana},
  journal={Experimental Gerontology},
  • M. Poulain, G. Pes, +2 authors L. Deiana
  • Published 2004
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Experimental Gerontology
  • High prevalence and low female/male ratio for validated centenarians are observed in Sardinia and these findings appear to be thus far unique to this island. Moreover a specific region on the island is characterized by exceptional male longevity. We calculated the extreme longevity index (ELI), defined as the percentage of persons born in Sardinia between 1880 and 1900, who became centenarians. A gaussian smoothing method was used in order to identify the so-called 'Blue Zone', where longevity… CONTINUE READING
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