Dr. Durie has written often about the "Blue Zones" that author Dan Buettner noted in his 2005 National Geographic cover article, "Secrets of a Long Life." These Blue Zones are regions of the world where people live much longer than average. Here's what people who live in Blue Zones do—a list of behaviors that we should all take to heart during this holiday season:

  • Put family first.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Make the majority of the food you eat plant-based (remember that chocolate is plant-based ).
  • Be as active as possible—just keep moving, even if it’s only around the house. 
  • Be engaged with others in your community.
  • Consume legumes (beans, peas, lentils, peanuts).
  • Reduce stress.
  • Drink wine (moderately). Red wine has more polyphenols than white.

We end each year with the annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting. This year’s ASH brings us great leaps forward in the understanding of myeloma disease biology. Data from a great wave of new immunotherapies is changing the way myeloma is treated and moving the survival curve further and further outward. We have reason for great optimism. May your spirits soar and may you embrace life throughout the holiday season!

Happy and Healthy Holidays from the International Myeloma Foundation


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