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Reducing the Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke by Adopting a Japanese Diet

By Manpreet Dhalla, 9:00 am on

Stroke and heart disease are significant concerns for the elderly. No other age group poses as high a risk for these conditions as seniors. While many there are many factors that contribute to stroke and cardiovascular disease, many doctors believe food plays a big part. So much so that some doctors believe a simple change in diet can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. The following will explain why Ft. Lauderdale hourly caregivers should help their senior loved ones transition to a Japanese diet.

In 2005, the Japanese government introduced the “spinning top” food guide. This food guide is quite similar in structure to the food pyramid well known by most Americans, but it’s distinct in that the shape is inverted and that the exact number of recommended servings for each food group is different. Specifically, the Japanese spinning top recommends the following daily servings of food to maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  • Five to seven servings of grain
  • Six to seven servings of vegetables
  • Three to five servings of fish and meat
  • Two servings of fruit
  • Two servings of dairy

The benefits of following this Japanese food guide have been scientifically proven. Researchers at the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine, located in Tokyo, examined data from questionnaires completed by nearly 80,000 people between the ages of 45 and 75. What they found was that those whose diets were a closer match to the guidelines put in place by the spinning top had a 15 percent lower risk of death over a 15-year period. This outcome was especially due to the greatly reduced risk of stroke.

Other research supports the health benefits of traditional Asian diets. For example, the Okinawan diet has gained popularity in recent years. Residents of Okinawa, Japan have one of the highest longevity rates in the world and their diet is based around eating mostly fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, light soup, tofu, and seaweed. Japan has an obesity rate of 3.5 percent, compared to 35 percent in the U.S. By adopting a low-calorie yet nutritionally dense diet similar to the spinning top model or the Okinawan diet, anyone can gain health benefits and reduce their risk of health problems.

Nutrition plays an important role in senior health, which is why Home Care Assistance of Ft. Lauderdale, FL strives to help our clients adopt nutritious and regimented diets. As a leading home care agency, we give seniors the tools they need to flourish during their golden years. In addition to promoting healthy diet and exercise, we also help seniors with daily tasks and errands. Give your loved one the home care he or she needs to enjoy the golden years. Call (954) 909-0370 today and speak with a friendly Care Manager to schedule a free consultation.