A new study from Austria reports “Lower mortality rates in those living at moderate altitude“. As we’ll see here, higher altitude means much lower death rates.
Here’s a graph showing death from colon cancer in men, and breast cancer in women, by altitude:
Death rates from both of these cancers were about half as high at an altitude of greater than 1000 meters (3300 feet). The study also found about a 30% reduction in deaths from coronary artery disease at >1000 meters.
This accords well with a number of other studies. For example, “Lower Mortality From Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke at Higher Altitudes in Switzerland“. This study found 22% less heart disease death for every +1000 meters in altitude, and 12% less stroke death.
Non-hormetic factors could be cleaner air and higher blood levels of vitamin D from all the sunshine.
Seems that someone really serious about an anti-aging program would do well to consider moving to the mountains. Lower obesity rates are also found in the mountains.
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