Thursday, December 1, 2022
HomeHealth & MedicineLifestyle Practices linked to Low Inflammatory Protein in Japanese Adults

Lifestyle Practices linked to Low Inflammatory Protein in Japanese Adults

Low inflammatory activity in Japanese adults is associated with foods and lifestyle practices: drinking green tea, eating seafood, consuming vegetables, and frequent bathing.

Low inflammatory activity in Japanese adults is associated with foods and lifestyle practices common in Japan. Drinking green tea, eating seafood, and consuming vegetables are linked to lower C-reactive and Interleukin-6 (IL-6) proteins. More frequent bathing is also associated with lower IL-6, a new study reports in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity.

Both C-reactive protein (CRP) and Interleukin-6 (IL-6), the important biomarkers of inflammation, are associated with the pathogenesis of the infectious disease. In addition, increased levels of CRP and IL-6 have been shown to be associated with other medical conditions.

For example, CRP can increase the risk of developing coronary artery disease. Likewise, IL-6 is linked with the inflammatory process in diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, depression, cancer, and arthritis. More strikingly, recent research has shown that increased levels of both CRP and IL-6 are found in severe COVID-19 cases.

Lifestyle Practices Linked to Lower CRP and IL6

Many theories have emerged to answer questions like why more people have not died from COVID-19 in Japan. Is it because of their superior immunity, lower BMI, genetic susceptibility, or something else? Levels of inflammatory proteins including CRP and IL-6 have shown to be low in Japanese when compared with European and American populations.

older adults life style

A recent study, published in the journal Brain, Behavior, and Immunity shows that there are cultural and lifestyle links including ‘drinking tea, eating seafood, consuming vegetables, and partaking in relaxing baths regularly’ with the lower values of the two inflammatory proteins.  The study, however, did not link lower COVID-19 casualties among the Japanese population with their lifestyle practices.

In the study, the researchers randomly selected 382 participants, mean age was 55.5 years (+/-14.1 years, 31-80 years of age), mean BMI 22.6. Physical exercise, smoking status, and alcohol consumption in addition to some disease conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, body mass index (BMI), and HA1c values were used as covariates that may influence the level of the proteins. 

Participants were rated based on their engagement in several different behavioral activities such as consumption of tea, seafood, vegetable consumption, and taking relaxing baths. Researchers collected blood samples from all participants during their visit to a medical facility near the University of Tokyo. All serum specimens were then transported in freezing condition to the USA for CRP and IL-6 analysis. 

lifestyle sushi

To test the association between lifestyle variables (Japanese Diet or Bathing) and inflammatory activity, the authors have used hierarchical multiple regression methods using each lifestyle variable as a predictor and each inflammatory measure as the outcome in separate analyses.

They found that ‘consuming a Japanese diet was associated with significantly lower CRP and IL-6 levels’ and ‘more frequent bathing was associated with lower IL-6’.

The study, however, did not rule out the involvement of some heritable factors underlying the lower levels of these two pro-inflammatory proteins besides the association of lower adiposity, lower the BMI level lower is the value of inflammatory proteins. 

Related Publication and Further Readings

Coe, C. L., Y. Miyamoto, et al. (2020). “Cultural and life style practices associated with low inflammatory physiology in Japanese adults.” Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 90: 385-392.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Recent Post

MOST COMMENTED

fitness-vegan-exercise

For Weight Loss, Vegan Is Better Than the Mediterranean Diet

51
Vegan is more effective for weight loss, cholesterol control, body composition, and insulin sensitivity, when compared head to head with Mediterranean diet.

RECENT UPDATE

Regardless Of the Therapeutic Impact, Cannabis Studies Have Received Favorable Media Attention

Cannabis studies attract media attention independent of clinical outcome, report Karolinska Institutet researchers.

Avocados Change Belly Fat Distribution in Women

An avocado a day could help redistribute belly fat in women toward a healthier profile, reports a new study from the University of Illinois.

Cannabis Use May Increase Risk of Preterm Birth

Teenagers who use cannabis frequently may be more likely to have children born preterm, when they become parents up to twenty years later, finds a new study.

Oil Palm Development Threatens African and Latin American Biodiversity, New Reports Warns

New research suggests that zero deforestation pledges may leave important habitats, biodiversity in Latin America and Africa vulnerable to agricultural growth.

Antioxidant Flavonols Are Associated with Slower Memory Deterioration

A study published online in the journal Neurology suggests that consuming or drinking more flavonol-rich foods, such as fruits, vegetables, tea, and wine, may prevent memory loss.