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A closer look at the healthiest population on Earth

A ripe rice fields ready to be harvested in the countryside of Japan
A ripe rice fields ready to be harvested in the countryside of Japan
A ripe rice field ready to be harvested in the countryside of Japan. Photo courtesy of the author

According to a 2019 life expectancy report, the average lifespan of the whole world is 72.6 years, but for Japan, it is 84.6 years. With more than 29% of its population over the age of 65, the Land of the Rising Sun is consistently recognized for its big community of healthy elders. On December 28, 2012, Jiroemon Kimura became the oldest verified male in history — he lived for 116 years and 54 days before dying from natural causes.


A physician explains why time-restricted eating is nature’s anti-aging diet

A fork and knife on a round plate in the position of clock hands, with salad in between as a symbol for intermittent fasting.
A fork and knife on a round plate in the position of clock hands, with salad in between as a symbol for intermittent fasting.
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No topic in the health sciences is more fundamental or more poorly understood than nutrition. How and what we eat now causes more disease and death than any other health risk factor. About half of all American adults have one or more preventable, diet-related chronic diseases.


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If you want to be as healthy as possible, there are no treadmills or weight machines required.


The Health Diaries

After 20 years of studying the world’s healthiest people, Dan Buettner has embraced midday naps, social connections over work, and a plant-based diet

There are many ways to live a healthy life. The Health Diaries is a weekly series about the habits that keep notable people living well.

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