Japanese women have an average lifespan of 86.44 years, topping the world's longevity records for 25 years in a row, the government said on Monday in a health ministry report. This is also the fourth year in a row that life expectancy has risen in the country. The increase reflects better medical treatment in areas of cancer, cardiac disorders, and strokes — the three main causes of death among the elderly in Japan. Officials also cite the country's high standard of living and healthy eating practices as contributing factors.
When I spoke to celeb trainer Harley Pasternak about the world's eating habits, he said Japan was one of the healthiest diets he experienced. And since I've been following the Mediterranean diet for some time now, I may give the typical Japanese diet a try too. A typical Japanese diet is composed of rice, fresh seafood, soy, seaweed, and all types of noodles, including the very healthy buckwheat soba noodles. It also includes lots of veggies and fruits, and little reliance on beef or processed foods. A huge factor in the Japanese diet is portion control, which remains very moderate. And besides longevity, the Japanese also enjoy one of the world's lowest obesity rates.