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ENVIRONMENTAL MECHANISM OF REGIONAL LONGEVITY IN CHINA

https://doi.org/10.24057/2071-9388-2015-8-4-54-63

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Abstract

The integrated study on environment of typical China’s longevity areas was conducted by using comprehensive methods of health geography. It was found that Chinese longevity areas mainly located in the south China and clustered in Sichuan-Chongqing, Central plain and Southeast region, the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta; in which drinking water was of weakly alkaline, Se, Fe, K content was moderate, higher content of Ca, Co, Mn, and low Cr, Cd, Pb; the concentration of trace elements benefit for health in soils and food staples was higher; hair of centenarians had higher Li, Mg, Mn, Ca, Zn content, lower concentration in Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni; healthy centenarians were also benefited from a favorable social environment factors, such as physiological health, psychological state, light meals and higher proportion of vegetables. The study was the first time to reveal quantitatively the relationship between longevity and the natural and human environment, and provided a scientific basis for the promotion of development of China’s longevity area, to achieve the construction of ecological civilization

About the Authors

Wuyi Wang
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
China
Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation


Yonghua Li
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
China
Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation


Hairong Li
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
China
Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation


Jiangping Yu
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
China
Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation


Linsheng Yang
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
China
Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation


Li Wang
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, , Maastricht University
China
Key Laboratory of Land Surface Pattern and Simulation, Department of International Health, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences


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Wang W., Li Y., Li H., Yu J., Yang L., Wang L. ENVIRONMENTAL MECHANISM OF REGIONAL LONGEVITY IN CHINA. GEOGRAPHY, ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABILITY. 2015;8(4):54-63. https://doi.org/10.24057/2071-9388-2015-8-4-54-63

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