Secrets to Longevity of the Japanese

The Japanese have a strong sense of health awareness. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
The Japanese have a strong sense of health awareness. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Japan is home to the most centenarians and has the lowest infant death rate in the world. A health care system based on prevention and good living habits are the secrets to longevity of most Japanese.

Good health care system

The Japanese see disease prevention as key. They take regular checkups seriously. Schools and businesses make sure their students and employees take part in them. The government also assists those with a low income so they can also receive regular checkups.

In general, the Japanese have a strong sense of health awareness. This allows them to tackle any health problem in its early stages.

Healthy diet

Compared to other developed countries, the Japanese do not drink strong liquor often and they consume much less fat.

Most Japanese maintain a healthy diet. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Most Japanese maintain a healthy diet. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Food products made from soy bean — such as tofu, natto, and miso — are part of a daily meal for most Japanese. These foods have proven to be effective in preventing arteriosclerosis.

The Japanese do not eat a lot of sugar. They prefer green tea over carbonated drinks. Their lunch boxes are divided into small grids for assorted side dishes so that a balanced diet can be easily achieved. That’s why they are rarely overweight.

Younger citizens also exercise regularly. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Younger citizens exercise regularly. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Active lifestyle

Elderly Japanese love to work out, travel, and visit natural springs. They normally go to the gym twice a week. Younger citizens also exercise regularly. Studies have shown that the Japanese are reluctant to retire. Even after having retired, they keep pursuing their work or studies, and continue to do so no matter how old they get.

Translated by Cecilia.

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