Adherence to the guidelines of the Japanese diet linked to longer life ;
Closer adherence to Japanese dietary guidelines is associated with a lower risk of death from all causes and death from cardiovascular disease, especially stroke, finds a study published by The BMJ today.
The results suggest that the balanced intake of grains, vegetables, fruits and adequate intake of fish and meat, may contribute to longevity in the Japanese population.
In 2005, the Japanese government developed the top – a guide to Japanese food – to illustrate the balance and the amount of food in daily Japanese diet
A team of researchers, led by Kayo Kurotani at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, set out to examine the association between adherence to the food guide and total and cause-specific mortality.
data detailed questionnaires food and lifestyle completed by 36,624 men and 42.920 women aged 45-75 were used. Participants had no history of cancer, stroke, heart disease, or Chronic liver disease and were followed for 15 years.
found that both men and women with higher scores in the guide food (better grip) had a total mortality rate of 15% lowest in 15 years. This protective association was mainly due to a reduction in mortality from cerebrovascular disease.
The researchers conclude: “Our findings suggest that balanced energy, grains, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, eggs, soy products, dairy products, confectionery and alcoholic beverages may contribute to longevity by reducing the risk of death, predominantly cardiovascular diseases , in the Japanese population. ”
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