How to Live Longer | Blue Zones & Longevity | Doctor Mike

  • Published: 03 June 2018
  • Hey Guys!!!

    I don't know about you but I know I want to live as long as possible. Growing up I always had the misconception that living longer meant things like taking your vitamins and having a 6 pack. I thought this because of the amount of misinformation given to us by marketers and IKA experts ( Being healthy is a lifestyle choice.

    I talk to my patients, friends, and family every day about how to live longer and I wanted to talk to you guys about it as well. That's why I was so excited to see that this Harvard study came out and did a great job breaking down how lifestyle habits played into life extension. (links below).

    Now it's important to note that these 5 healthy lifestyle habits are not the only habits that extend life nor are they proven to be the ones that extend life to the greatest capacity. These just happened to be the 5 habits Havard researchers selected to test. If I had my pick I would stick to my 5 pillars of health.

    1) Getting Enough Sleep
    2) Healthy Diet
    3) Exercise
    4) Avoiding Bad habits (smoking, heavy drinking)
    5) Stress management

    Now I want to know what you guys think about living longer and anti aging. Is this something you're curious about as I am. Feel free to leave me your thoughts in the comments down below!

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Comments • 2 618

  • Mimi Mimo
    Mimi Mimo  2 years back

    "An apple a day keeps the doctor away "

    • Caoimhe Murray
      Caoimhe Murray  4 months back

      But if he's cute ditch the fruit

    • ミチェルジョジア
      ミチェルジョジア  4 months back


    • Emanuele 668
      Emanuele 668  11 months back

      @Doctor Mike how old r ya

    • Mille
      Mille  1 years back

      But what if Mike eats an Apple Every day. Will he get kicked from his job at the hospital then? 🤔👊🏻

    • WH
      WH  1 years back

      I've seen Dr. Mike eat apples so that must be false. Something's fishy.

  • Amnay Amnay
    Amnay Amnay  1 days back

    Can you make a video on use of steroids in bodybuilding please?

    • Angelo Valdez
      Angelo Valdez  2 weeks back

      Hi Doctor Mike! Can I share your video to my officemates? It interest me a lot and I want to be healthy and so as my officemates.

      • Seth Asiedu
        Seth Asiedu  4 weeks back

        ( Mike me walks in to a school in a tank top)
        principal: I gonna have to ask you to leave sir guns arn't slowed in schools.

        • david king
          david king  1 months back

          Wauw so impressive thx Doc mike

          • lady dyla
            lady dyla  1 months back

            4:30 women live longer because men prefer to die first. LOL!

            • Amber CC
              Amber CC  1 months back

              Dr Mike, this video is way too short! Please expand on this! I know about the Blue Zone study, but ....I can't stick to vegan/plant-based ONLY diet. What's your take on limited meat diet?

              • Alexis Misselyn
                Alexis Misselyn  2 months back

                "Let me repeat this," if you follow 0/5 habits you'll live to 79 years

                • 5-Minute Conservative
                  5-Minute Conservative  2 months back

                  Step 1: Become an android
                  Step 2:
                  Step 3: I don't know, rule the world or something. I haven't really thought this through.

                  • julia
                    julia  2 months back

                    Well this helps a lot Tank you :) (i have to write a 80 hours long essay for school about a topic and my topic is immortality. )

                    • Don't Worry be Happy
                      Don't Worry be Happy  2 months back

                      Doctor Mike binge 2019 👍

                      • Natalie T7945
                        Natalie T7945  2 months back

                        Video Idea - The health benefits of intergenerational relationships!
                        Another Harvard Gazette article also reports that results from one of their longest running studies on health and happiness shows that the quality of our relationships has a powerful impact on our health.
                        Another interesting article I read recently highlights how a nursing home in Amsterdam allows university students to live rent free in the home, in exchange for service hours with the residents. I see the social, emotional, mental and physical benefit of these intergenerational relationships in the home I work, with other programs such as visiting Mom & Tot groups and student-veteran visiting program. I think it would be great if millennials better understand the aging process and how to better interact with the older people in their lives

                        • ChristiRenee93
                          ChristiRenee93  3 months back

                          Dr. Mike: Add years to your life!

                          Me: Why though?

                          • tipsgamez
                            tipsgamez  3 months back

                            Blue zones common habits: engagement in spirituality or religion.
                            Atheïsts: Well shit

                            • Emma Ernst
                              Emma Ernst  3 months back

                              Nice but depends on how long you wanna live

                              • YourACherrynut
                                YourACherrynut  3 months back

                                Exercise + Healthy eating are probably the two toughest ones to maintain. Surprised that sufficient sleep didn't make the list.

                                • Benia Szejna
                                  Benia Szejna  3 months back

                                  I will try to do better, but "eat healthy" is confusing nowadays. While avoiding processed food is easy, there is too many questions about everything else: is meat healthy? should we avoid red meat? is dairy healthy? (lot's of people is lacto intolerant even if they don't have lots of symptoms one can be acne at teenage age but still lots of people say we should eat dairy) should we limit fruits? if our diet should be more plant based then should we worry about protein and iron? etc. etc.

                                  • YourACherrynut
                                    YourACherrynut  3 months back

                                    True, nowadays with all the research being put out there, it's not always clear what's "healthy" and what isn't, which arguably makes "eat healthy" the toughest of the 5 to follow consistently.

                                • Brenda Neeb
                                  Brenda Neeb  3 months back

                                  Can you do a video about brushing teeth and how it prevents heart disease among other diseases ? Please? Simpllllllllllle?????

                                  • Jal Cal
                                    Jal Cal  4 months back

                                    How to make help others around you live longer:

                                    1.) Don't text or talk on your cell phone while driving ! Put your phone and any other distractions away and out of sight at all times on the road ! Calls and text messages can ALWAYS ( and I mean always) wait till you reach your destination !
                                    2.) Don't drink while driving ! There's no shame in choosing not to drink and no shame in getting a ride home if you are drunk. There is no excuse for drinking then getting behind a wheel !
                                    3.) Use turn signals while driving and ALWAYS STOP at stoplights. NO zooming through red lights !
                                    4.) Do not drive if extremely tired to prevent you from falling asleep at the wheel. Let someone else take over if possible.
                                    5.) If angry, scribble with crayons on paper, punch a pillow, talk to someone you trust or seek help professionally from a therapist rather than grabbing a gun and shooting at a school/church/movie theater or anywhere else. Always choose words over violence every single time !

                                    Thank you for coming to my tedtalk.

                                    • Kate O
                                      Kate O  4 months back

                                      Bold of you to assume the world will be around that long.

                                      • Rod Westwood
                                        Rod Westwood  4 months back

                                        I'm surprised adequate sleep wasn't in the list

                                        • Kaush Avans
                                          Kaush Avans  4 months back

                                          That's a really good video.... Let's share this....

                                          • Guido Anselmi
                                            Guido Anselmi  4 months back

                                            I do all 5!
                                            Let's get it

                                            • Keira Chardon Cover
                                              Keira Chardon Cover  5 months back

                                              5 outta 5 is your goal? Nah, I wan´t minus 5 outta five. I just want a short Life haha :D

                                              • Michelle Woods
                                                Michelle Woods  5 months back

                                                Eating healthy and exercise r my major problems. I have a planet fitness membership but haven't used it in years.

                                                • egirl zorce
                                                  egirl zorce  5 months back

                                                  i'm the average weight of my age but i look rlly skinny i dont understand :/

                                                  • MiloTheFirst
                                                    MiloTheFirst  5 months back

                                                    I wonder if all these surveys that compare women's life expectancy to men's are done between study groups of similar life style and profession or if men's lower life span is a result of the men with high fatality risk jobs (police officers, fire fighters, mining,etc) affecting the mean

                                                    • Tamago
                                                      Tamago  5 months back

                                                      Me at 0:34 seconds of the video : hope he's not gonna say "don't stress" otherwise I'm fucked

                                                      • Smartphone Store
                                                        Smartphone Store  6 months back

                                                        "well we muslim can't take alcohol and smoke forever"

                                                        • Hiam Kashlan
                                                          Hiam Kashlan  6 months back


                                                          • Jake The Dog
                                                            Jake The Dog  6 months back

                                                            So, i don't drink, i don't smoke, i'm a normal weight, BUT, i could work on my exercise, and i could eat a little healthier, seems like im doing pretty good

                                                            • Olive Ione
                                                              Olive Ione  6 months back

                                                              First off all. As a Barbadian I felt offended when I heard the buzzer go off when the guy with the jazzy hair cut call out my country (this is for you, sweetie 💋). C’mon Mike, we have a James Sisnett and all his siblings who lived to a ripe age too !

                                                              • Nana Naso
                                                                Nana Naso  6 months back

                                                                #to see your video everyday is healthy habbit for me#love#fairytale_lovestory

                                                                • D Ou
                                                                  D Ou  6 months back

                                                                  It's simple: Eat plant based and you will live long. My parents eliminated animal products and no longer need medications

                                                                  • 5timesthefun
                                                                    5timesthefun  6 months back

                                                                    YOU GIVE THE BEST LIFE TIPS EVER, I love it and THANK YOU!!!!!

                                                                    • Bayougirl78
                                                                      Bayougirl78  6 months back

                                                                      My Dad: I don't understand why women live longer... hey, hold my beer while I show you something... I think I can move that deer stand up higher into that tree...

                                                                      • Mystical Money
                                                                        Mystical Money  7 months back

                                                                        What do u think about mewing? does it work?

                                                                        • Twinkle Agarwal
                                                                          Twinkle Agarwal  7 months back

                                                                          Just gotta do 2, 3 and 5.

                                                                          • CASHKES
                                                                            CASHKES  7 months back

                                                                            Im going to try this. Hopefully i'll become old enough so I that technology has come a really far way and people can become immortal. i want to be immortal

                                                                            • iknowyouwanttofly
                                                                              iknowyouwanttofly  7 months back

                                                                              wish i could find a cookbook with real traditional recipies from all the blue zones. Preferably with lists of what vegtable they grow. Someone wright it please.

                                                                              • Araya Araya
                                                                                Araya Araya  7 months back

                                                                                I’m gonna die soon then lol

                                                                                • Mary Smith
                                                                                  Mary Smith  8 months back

                                                                                  Who gives a shit how many years you live if you live them having a good time?! Time isn't important, quality is. Time is the most important to the young, and Dr. Mike is VERY young.

                                                                                  • Vanessa Millwood
                                                                                    Vanessa Millwood  8 months back

                                                                                    "What's the hardest one of these five for you to follow?" Eating healthy,  exercising and healthy weight. I get anxious, I eat, I get depressed, I don't move. So imagine that day in, day out. Overweight/obesity/fluctuating unhealthy weight. If it's going to start anywhere, it has to start with mental health. Mental health is the key to living longer. If you care about you, you'll take care of you.

                                                                                    • Bri
                                                                                      Bri  8 months back

                                                                                      Dr. Mike makes me wanna live longer! Ima move to Italy. 🇮🇹

                                                                                      • Matlab Kuch bhi
                                                                                        Matlab Kuch bhi  8 months back

                                                                                        Mike: If you follow all of these habits you can potentially increase your lifespan by 14 years if you're a woman and 12 years if you're a man .....

                                                                                        GOD DAMMMMMIT!!!😂😂😂

                                                                                        • Ramya Sree
                                                                                          Ramya Sree  8 months back

                                                                                          Dr. Mike : do you know how to live longer ?
                                                                                          Me : yes, looking at u everyday keeps my stress away... 😇🤗

                                                                                          • Frances Tupasi
                                                                                            Frances Tupasi  9 months back

                                                                                            Eat Healthy is the hardest for me for sure.

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                                                                                              I am a 50-year-old woman and I do not wish to live until I am 93. Bless all those who do, and when I was young I wanted to live until I was 120. But then I developed osteoarthritis and am in pain pretty much every single day and it gets worse every year. So. I'm ok with an average of 25-30-ish more years. I eat well and stay active, which I think has helped my quality of life. But, I'm definitely ok with checking out in my 70s.