Scientists have been baffled by a certain Italian village where more than 10 percent of its population—81 of the total 700—has lived to or passed 100 years old.
Now, residents of Acciaroli are gracious enough to reveal the secret to their (near-)immortality.
The key to reaching the century mark? A healthy diet, coupled with loads and loads of sex.
San Diego cardiologist Dr. Alan Maisel, who leads the research, was quoted by The Sun, "Sexual activity among the elderly appears to be rampant. Maybe living long has something to do with that, it's probably the good air and the joie de vivre."
That, and a good Mediterranean regimen of olive oil, fresh fruit, vegetables and fish.
"We eat a lot of fish, fresh produce from the countryside that we grow ourselves," 93-year-old Amina Fedollo, wife of 100-year-old Antonio Vassalo shared. "We have our own rabbits, our chickens. Only local products. And olive oil: we consume what we produce."
Villagers are found to have low risk of suffering from heart diseases, dementia, and other aging-related conditions. According to researchers, their longevity may also have something to do with the centenerians' habit of eating rosemary—which is said to improve brain function—and walking up steep hills.
But who cares about diet and exercise (out of bed)...