Hai Sai! Welcome to my Blog.

Hello, my name is Tom Corrao and I am the blogger behind the Okinawaology Blog. I created this blog to share and discuss all things Okinawan. I’m also the Public Relations Officer and Minkan Taishi to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai. My experience with Okinawa is derived from the time I spent there during the 1980's and 90's (10 years) when serving in the United States Air Force. I've also been married to an Okinawan woman for 30 years now and have been immersed in many things Okinawan through both friends and family. I do not claim to be all knowing about everything Okinawan but I try hard and study the history and culture. I welcome everyone that is interested in Okinawa and hope that I can provide useful information to those uchinanchu that may be curious about their culture and heritage. I also welcome those who are not of Okinawan heritage but have experienced, or are experiencing, the islands culture while stationed there with the United States Military. Comments are welcomed and will be published as long as they are in good taste and on track with the purpose of this blog. My hope with this blog is to bring Uchinanchu people around the world a little closer to their cultural roots by expressing information that has started to fade in light of a more modern world. We should never forget our culture or the people who came before us and through the Blog my intentions are to meld the old with the new and implant knowledge that will help maintain the traditions and culture of an island people.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Study of Centenarians in Okinawa

Okinawa is a small Japanese island that is increasingly talked about. And for good reason, it holds the world record for longevity, with nearly 3 times more centenarians in Okinawa than anywhere else in the world based on population comparison.

Obesity, cancer, osteoporosis, stroke, heart disease. All of these diseases are decimating our western populations but the effect has been much less frequent on the tiny island nation of 1.27 million inhabitants. 

The factsleading to this dramatic difference have, of course, tickled the curiosity of many scientists, who have a close vested interest in the "Okinawa case. Including part of the extensive (Okinawa Centenarian Study) initiated in 1976 and funded by the Ministry of Health of Japan. In the study hundreds of residents of Okinawa were examined at age 70, 80, 90 and 100 years.

The Conclusion was that good health and longevity is not derived from a specific gene pool, but rather from a healthy lifestyle - including a healthy diet and maintaining and active lifestyle. Living in a low stress environment also had much to do with the results.

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