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Social Connectedness Could Explain Spain’s Long Life Expectancy

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Spain is predicted to have the longest average life expectancy in the world at 85.8 years by 2040. Why? While diet plays a big role – the Spanish typically follow a Mediterranean diet with a large rotation of seasonal vegetables and fruits – so do social and familial relationships, which are at the center of Spanish life. Unfortunately, the same study shows the U.S. falling from 43rd to 64th place with an average life expectancy of 79.8 years. The Lancet

→Takeaway: What can we take from the Spaniards in living longer and healthier lives? When assessing your 2019 health goals and New Year’s resolutions, along with a plant-based diet, focus on increasing your social interactions and connectedness to others.

Leslie Ann received her BA from the University of Notre Dame and has a Master’s degree in Public Health and Nutrition from Johns Hopkins University. With over a decade of experience working in the health and wellness field as a nutritionist, health writer, and project manager, Leslie Ann is the backbone of the Gutbliss team, overseeing operations as well as the strategic mission of Gutbliss Rx, and authoring much of the content on the site. As a certified yoga teacher and personal trainer, she is an avid believer in integrative methods to treat and heal the body.

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