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Okinawans not so healthy after all

Date Posted: 2001-06-16

The world famous Okinawan health that has been the top news lately does not get similar kudos from local health officials.

According to the latest report by Okinawa Labor Agency, based on regular mandatory health checks for workers, the number of people who have health problems with some part of their body has been constantly ten percent more than national average for last 10 years. The latest report was published Sunday. The report says that last year 56 percent of those who went through health check-ups were discovered to have unusually high levels of cholesterol, problems with liver function or other ailments. The national average stands much lower at 45 percent.

The numbers have increased to one and a half fold when compared to the situation ten years ago, both Okinawan and national average. The agency officials explained they still canít figure out the reasons and factors, why Okinawans seem to have more problems with their body.

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