It is all the more surprising that the California town of Loma Linda, which oozes good health amongst its inhabitants, is found amidst an urban landscape of fast food restaurants and convenience stores.101-year-old Betty Streifling (centre) is one of Loma Linda's long-living residentsContinue reading the main story
But this is a place that has an enviable record of its residents living to a ripe old age, often without the burdens of chronic illness until very late in life.
Studies have shown that people here live up to 10 years longer than most Americans and enjoy better health in their golden years.
The reason for this extraordinary longevity could be rooted in their faith. Seventh-day Adventists make up about half of the approximately 24,000 people who live here. It is an evangelical Christian community that follows strict guidelines about food, exercise and rest.
"The data is clear, the data has been published, the data has been peer reviewed," says Dr Wayne Dysinger, chair of the preventative medicine department at Loma Linda University School of Medicine.
"There's really not a lot of argument that people [living] this lifestyle, live longer."