The meat spot - Japanese people may have gained longevity by balancing their diets | Graphic detail | The Economist - Deepstash

Japan has the world’s longest life expectancy, and 80,000 centenarians.

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The meat spot - Japanese people may have gained longevity by balancing their diets | Graphic detail | The Economist

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The unusual longevity enjoyed in Japan is often credited to diet. Yet the idea that the country has extended lifespans by entirely avoiding the West’s sinful culinary delights may be too simple. In...

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Japan was not always a longevity champion. In 1970 its age-adjusted mortality rates were average for the OECD . Although its levels of cancer and heart disease were relatively low, it also had the ...

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In 1970-90, however, Japan’s cerebrovascular mortality rate fell towards the OECD average. With world-beating numbers on heart disease and fewer strokes, Japan soared up the longevity league table....

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How did Japan overcome its cerebrovascular woes? Some of its gains simply mirror better treatments and reductions in blood pressure around the world, notes Thomas Truelsen of the University of Cope...

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However, another cause may be diets. Japan largely banned meat for 1,200 years, and still consumes relatively little meat and dairy. Too much of these can be damaging, since they contain saturated ...

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Some empirical evidence supports this view. One paper from the 1990s found that the parts of Japan where diets had changed most also had the biggest drops in cerebrovascular mortality. Another stud...

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