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Japanese Diet Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke

The Japanese diet contrasts sharply with the traditional Western diet. In Japanese cooking, fish is the centerpiece of every meal and features in at least two meal courses. Similarly, rice, a Japanese staple, is eaten at every meal and is often accompanied by vegetables and soy products such as tofu, tempeh, or miso. Dairy products, pastries, and sugary sweets are rare in Japanese cuisine, which is probably why people native to the country experience lower rates of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Read on to learn why post-stroke caregivers in Sacramento should encourage the seniors in their care to adopt a Japanese diet.

Research has shown that following a Japanese-style diet can reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. In fact, a March 2016 long-range study published in the BMJ found that adhering closely to the Japanese government’s food pyramid resulted in lower cardiovascular disease risk with a particularly significant reduction in stroke risk. In turn, this reduced risk also resulted in a 15 percent lower risk of death from all causes throughout the study. 

On average, the Japanese eat five times more vegetables and twice as much fish as those following a Western diet. Scientists believe that these ingredients are responsible for the reduction in heart disease and stroke observed in followers of this diet. Fish has very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Having high levels of omega-3s in the blood prevents plaque from forming. When overall plaque levels are reduced, heart disease and stroke risk are reduced, as well. While omega-3s are most easily absorbed from fish, smaller doses can also be found in soy products. 

In addition to omega-3s, fish and soy products have both been shown to lower cholesterol, which contributes to plaque reduction. Fish can help improve cognitive function, and tofu improves cardiac function. The low intake of dairy in the Japanese diet results in consumption of less saturated fat and cholesterol compared to a Western diet, leading to healthier arteries. Additionally, low sugar intake reduces the risk of obesity, a risk factor for both heart disease and stroke.

These results indicate that adopting a Japanese diet promotes longevity and significantly reduces the risk of both heart disease and stroke. You can help your loved one enjoy this diet and subsequent longevity with help from Home Care Assistance of Sacramento, CA. In addition to promoting senior health through diet and exercise, we also help seniors around the house with daily activities such as laundry, housekeeping, and errands. Give your loved one the care he or she needs to enjoy the golden years. Call 916.706.0169 today to schedule a free in-home consultation with a friendly Care Manager.