Javier beBee en beBee Spain, Healthcare, Healthy Living Co-founder & CEO • beBee 20/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,3K

Spanish have highest healthy life expectancy in Europe

Spain also beat Australia, Canada, Norway and US, according to global report published in the Lancet


Spanish have highest healthy life expectancy in Europe


We may be out of work and struggling with financial issues, but the Spanish have the highest healthy life expectancy in Europe – and beat Australia, Canada, Norway and the USA as well.

Spain has an excellent healthcare system, ranked seventh in 2000 on the only occasion the World Health Organisation has compiled a league table. The UK was 18th. But it is not just the structures or even the skills of the doctors that matter. It is also the state of health of the people who arrive in the clinics.

The Mediterranean diet, heavy on fruit, salads, fish and olive oil, is responsible for the low death rate from heart disease – Spain has the 3rd lowest level of years of life lost. It also does well on a number of cancers – pancreatic, prostate, breast and oesophageal. Families still care for ailing relatives – taking daily meals to those in hospital is normal and premature deaths from falls are low.


Seen on The Guardian at https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/05/spanish-highest-life-expectancy-europe?client=safari


The secret is a diet plenty of fruit, salads, fish and olive oil... and 

Gazpacho, a spanish potion


Mediterranean diet incorporates the traditional healthy living habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including Italy, France, Greece and Spain.

Mediterranean cuisine varies by region and has a range of definitions, but is largely based on vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, cereal grains, olive oil and fish.

The Mediterranean diet has been associated with good health, including a healthier heart. A 2013 study found that people following a Mediterranean diet had a 30% lower risk of heart disease and stroke.

You can make your diet more Mediterranean-style by:

  • eating plenty of starchy foods, such as bread and pasta
  • eating plenty of fruit and vegetables
  • eating fish is key
  • eating less meat
  • Salads with virgin olive oil


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Jianlan Li 21/11/2016 · #13

So great! I like, if locate plant it is better. Orange my younger brother often went to pick in the former place.You can eat all the time for free, then order, haha

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Franci Eugenia Hoffman 21/11/2016 · #12

#5 Wow, Ken Boddie is feeling spunky. Keep up the good work Ken. 😂😂😂😂 Laughing is also good for us along with that yummy Mediterranean-style food. From what I have observed, Spain would be a beautiful place to live.

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Pamela L. Williams 20/11/2016 · #11

Oh, and by the way; if it was in the budget right now, I would move to Spain so fast it would shock everyone I know and not just because of our recent political race results. I have friends there and it is how they talk about the Spanish life and culture that put me in that frame of mind.

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Pamela L. Williams 20/11/2016 · #10

So I guess this lemon bar from a local bakery I'm eating right now is off limits...Sad!
However, our household has been transitioning to a more Mediterranean diet. Question @Javier beBee; you wrote recently about the time difference between Spain and the rest of Europe, do you think if they suddenly changed the time it would impact how and when the Spanish eat? Consider this, right now your largest meal is lunch and since you eat a later dinner you go light. If you switched the time, could this change as you become more aligned with the rest of Europe?

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Sara Jacobovici 20/11/2016 · #9

Now that I responded to @Ken Boddie's comment I can return with a straight face to @Javier beBee's buzz. Thank you for the buzz Javier. It is truly a life changing experience to turn to the Mediterranean diet. From first hand experience, I highly recommend it. Wishing everyone a healthy and happy life!

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Sara Jacobovici 20/11/2016 · #8

#5 Were you able to hear my groan all the way across the Atlantic @Ken Boddie? Actually your comment brought a smile to my face, thanks! I have only one more thing to say, "Live long and prosper" Ken.

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Irene Hackett 20/11/2016 · #7

#5 LOL!! That was a good one @Ken Boddie!!

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Javier beBee 20/11/2016 · #6

#5 @Ken Boddie you are in trouble ! LOL 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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