The Japanese Have The Longest Lifespan In The World, Study Finds Out Why

Food and exercise contributes as a major chunk in everyone’s life and that actually derives the life expectancy of any country and its people. According to a recent study by G7 group of nations a surprising rather an obvious result came in; which said the Japanese Have The Longest Lifespan In the world. Everyone should take a page out of Japan’s book because that country is thriving.

Japanese Food Culture Behind This

During an international comparison of recent mortality statistics among G7 countries, it was discovered that Japan had the longest average life expectancy, mainly because it has remarkably low mortality rates from ischemic heart disease and cancer (particularly breast and prostate), said Shoichiro Tsugane of the Center for Public Health Sciences, Tokyo.


The report was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition and According to researchers, Japanese life expectancy has only increased over the years. Japanese have a low intake of red meat, specifically saturated fatty acids. They also have high intakes of fish, specifically n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, plant foods such as soybeans, and non-sugar-sweetened beverages such as green tea. A typical Japanese diet is characterised by plant food and fish. Other westernised diets such as meat, milk and dairy products are also associated with longevity in Japan.

Genetics And Active Lifestyle One Of The Reasons

Aside from the fact that the Japanese have good healthcare and a great diet, they also have a genetic advantage due to two genes in particular – DNA 5178 and ND2-237Met genotype. It is prevalent among the Japanese population. Even though not every Japanese will have this gene type, it is common among those with a longer lifespan.


Japnese prefer train over private vehicles

Despite the fact that some of the best cars and motorcycles are from Japan, an average Japanese person usually stays active. Even their toilets are designed for squatting, not sitting which leads to healthier bowel movement. An average Japanese person would rather take the train or walk to work. The Japanese are also known for their advanced health care system. They have access to things like treatment for TB for free. Japan invested in their public health system in the 1950s and 1960s and now it is paying off.


Japanese families are very strict about their eating regime. They sit on the floor and eat with chopsticks which slows down the entire process of eating. As we mentioned before, the Japanese have a very clean and healthy diet which also leads to a lower obesity rate in the country. Well, As India we have lot to learn from a country like Japan!


Source : Indian times