Okinawa: A Study in Longevity Featured in the Desert Health News

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How Seniors in Japan are Living Longer

Considerable research has been done to determine the factors which enable some adults to live longer, happier and healthier lives than others. While there is no single explanation, there is one place on earth that has been called the ideal place for aging: Okinawa, Japan.

Okinawa is an island in Japan where the average life expectancy is just over 82 years (almost 78 for men and 86 for women). This is almost 4.5 years longer than the average U.S. lifespan. Okinawans are 3 to 7 times more likely to live to 100 than Americans. As impressive as the long lives lived is, the quality of health most elders of Okinawa enjoy is even more extraordinary. Heart disease, cancer, dementia, diabetes, and other conditions are rare in Okinawan elders. Studies have found that genetic factors only account for about one-third of the extraordinary health and long life spans. Two-thirds of this enviable good health appears to be the result of diet, exercise, low stress levels, familial and community ties, social practices and spiritual beliefs. Click here to view the full article on Desert Health News.


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