Japanese Diet Linked to Longer Life
The Mediterranean Diet is so last year. For the key to a long life, you may want to look eastward.
According to a study published in The BMJ, adults in Japan who closely followed that country's government-recommended dietary guidelines had a 15% lower risk of dying during a 15-year time period, as compared to people who didn't follow the guidelines.
So, what are those guidelines?
Basically, they emphasize 5 types of dishes: grains, vegetables, fish and meats, milk, and fruit. The guidelines are represented by an inverted pyramid, with grains at the top, resembling a spinning top.
The study included data from more than 36,000 men and 42,000 women across Japan. They completed questionnaires about their health, including information on their food intake, at the beginning of the study, and then again at 5- and 10-year follow-ups.
Using the results from the food-frequency questionnaire, the researchers calculated how closely the participants stuck to the dietary guidelines. The overall lower rate of death in the group that followed the guidelines is likely due to the lower rates of death from cardiovascular disease, and in particular, stroke.
Those people who most closely followed the dietary guidelines were 22% less likely to die of stroke during the time period.