The World's Healthiest Diets [Infographic]

The World's Healthiest Diets and How They Can Help You
Live Longer - Infographic from Medigo
Health-Related Quality of Life

The average life expectancy in the world is about 72 years and in the United States about 77 years.

But these statistics don't tell us anything about the quality of life.

Unfortunately, in terms of health, the quality of life of many seniors in the U.S. and other so-called advanced or developed countries is considered to be poor.

This "poor" health-related quality of life is generally marked by loss of vitality, poor physical or mental health, or both, and impaired social functioning.  Measures includes factors such as activity limitation, pain, depression, anxiety and sleeplessness.

Chronic Disease

In the past decades, we have seen an increased predominance of chronic diseases in the general U.S. population. The majority of chronic diseases generally worsen the overall health of the individual and limit their potential or capacity to live well by limiting their physical, mental or social functioning status.

Unfortunately, chronic diseases and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal and renal disease, and a myriad of autoimmune conditions, are not only seen in the elderly but are increasingly seen in the younger U.S. population.

Diet and Lifestyle Factors

Several lines of evidence indicate that diet and lifestyle factors play an important role in the development and progression as well as the prevention, management and potential reversal of various chronic diseases and conditions.

To that end, researchers and scientists have examined the dietary and lifestyle habits of populations that enjoy a long life expectancy and a high quality of life.

Two groundbreaking, best-selling books on this topic are:

 The Blue Zones (9 Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest)

and

The Blue Zones Solution (Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People)

In these two books, the author, Dan Buettner reveals his research on the diets, eating habits and lifestyle practices of certain communities that have the longest-lived and healthiest people including Okinawa (Japan), Sardinia (Italy), Ikaria (Greece), Loma Linda (California, USA), the Nicoya Peninsula (Costa Rica).

Infographic

This infographic from Medigo illustrates and highlights the basics of the Mediterranean and Japanese diets which are considered by many health experts as being among the healthiest in the world.

To learn more about this infographic, please visit The World's Healthiest Diets - Medigo.

Learn More

To learn more about this subject, I highly recommend reading one or both of the above mentioned books by Dan Buettner as well as the following book from Michael Greger M.D.:

How Not to Die:  Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease

In this amazing book by Dr. Michael Greger who is an internationally renowned nutrition expert and physician examines the top 15 causes of premature death in America and explains how nutritional and lifestyle intervention can free us to live healthier lives.  The book contains over 130 pages of citations to scientific research and studies.

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