Good food, easy living hold key to Icariots’ longevity

Using olive oil, drinking tea, eating small meals containing plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as having a relatively stress-free life hold the key to longevity, according to scientists exploring why the residents of Icaria in the eastern Aegean live longer than anyone else in Europe.

Experts from the University of Athens have been studying 366 men and 386 women who had an average age of 75 when the research began in 2009. Of them, just 9.3 of the men and 6.7 percent of the women have since died.

The team of experts are due to present their findings at a conference beginning on Wednesday and running through Sunday.

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