How a Japanese Diet May Increase Longevity

By Pete Lane, 9:00 am on

Want to live longer? The answer may be as simple as changing your diet. More specifically, changing your eating habits to align with a Japanese diet. It looks like doing that may just help you prevent death from cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, or so says a study recently published by the medical journal The BMJ. Read on to learn more about the study’s promising results, presented by Centennial Home Care Assistance.

The Japanese Spinning Top Food Guide

In 2005, the Japanese government created a food guide sort of like the American food pyramid, only shaped like a spinning top. It suggests people have 5 to 7 servings of grain a day, along with 5 to 6 servings of vegetables, 3 to 5 servings of fish and meat (including eggs and soy products), 2 servings of milk and dairy products, and 2 servings of fruit. This spinning top served as the guide for the study. 

The Study

The study, conducted by researchers from the Kayo Kurotani at the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, looked at 36,624 men and 42,920 women between the ages of 45 and 75 with no history of cancer, heart disease, stroke, or liver disease. The study lasted for 15 years. 

Findings and Conclusion

Of all the men and women, those who followed the spinning top food guide the closest were 15 percent less likely to die from cerebrovascular diseases. So, does that mean you should drop everything and start eating a Japanese diet? It may help. But the researchers concluded that it is most important to balance “energy, grains, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, eggs, soy products, dairy products, confectioneries, and alcoholic beverages” in your own daily diet if you want to decrease your risk of death due to such diseases. It is also important to keep in mind that other factors, such as genetics and the amount of daily activity you get, may also play a role in your cardiovascular health. 

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