CIAO (Cilento on Aging Outcomes Study) is a pilot study conducted by joint forces of the University of San Diego California and La Sapienza University in Rome. The study aims to find out the secret behind the longevity and healthy aging of Cilento’s inhabitants .
We are talking about a land of such long and healthy living that only in Acciaroli, a fraction of the town of Pollica, the density of individuals over 100 years old is superior to the Japanese island of Okinawa, famous for the high number of centenarians. CIAO Study is led by Professor Salvatore di Somma from the Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences and Translational Medicine at La Sapienza. Scientists as well as having previously gathered information about the habits and health conditions of a group of people coming from Cilento, have taken blood samples to perform the analysis of several biomarkers linked to heart and kidney dysfunction. Analyzing these blood samples, the researchers found lower blood levels of a hormone that acts as a hypotensive: the adrenomedullin (ADM), regulator of blood pressure and organ perfusion. Low levels of ADM in the blood protect the body from the threat of cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative condition and oncology. Affecting the levels of this biomarker were undoubtedly the eating habits of Cilento and therefore the Mediterranean diet, and in this Pollica is an Italian emblem within the Unesco recognition. The study, which began a few months ago , has already yielded important results, which were presented in Pollica on September 5th . The intention now is to continue the search for deepening further clinical aspects, as well as transferring into Cilento’s territories individuals with low levels of the ADM biomarker in their blood and observe any and desirable changes due to the environment and to the Mediterranean diet.