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New study unveils potential new Blue Zones in Colombia

In a groundbreaking study published in the “Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics Plus,” researchers have identified potential new Blue Zones in Colombia where centenarians thrive with notably low rates of chronic diseases.

The research, spearheaded by Dr. Ivan David Lozada-Martinez and his team, has uncovered exciting findings about the demographic and clinical characteristics of a newly recognized cohort of centenarians, known as the COOLCEN cohort.

Potential new Blue Zones in Colombia

This study form March 2024 identifies several areas within Colombia that might exhibit the characteristics typical of Blue Zones. These regions host individuals who reach 100 years or more, often free from the common diseases that affect most elderly populations worldwide. The findings point to the environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to this remarkable longevity, offering a unique opportunity to understand how these elements can be replicated or nurtured in other regions.

Population characteristics

The COOLCEN cohort consists of a balanced gender distribution, with 50.7% being female, and a majority living in urban settings (64.9%). Despite their advanced age, many maintain a relatively healthy profile, characterized by an “escaper phenotype,” which indicates a low occurrence of age-related chronic conditions and multiborbidity. This resilience against common diseases, combined with their longevity, provides invaluable insights into aging successfully.

These groundbreaking discoveries not only enhance our understanding of aging but also offer hope and strategies for improving the quality of life as populations globally age. The continued study of these centenarians and their habitats could lead to actionable health strategies that promote longer, healthier lives across the globe.

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