Kuakini Hawaii Lifespan Study
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) awarded Kuakini Medical Center $1.5 million in 2005 to study why so many Japanese and Okinawan men in Hawaii live much longer than the national average and are in good health. Researchers are trying to determine what factors have contributed to a healthy old age among so many of the 8,006 Japanese- American men in Hawaii that have been tracked for almost 50 years as part of the Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program (HHP) and Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study (HAAS). The Kuakini Hawaii Lifespan Study has been studying how healthy aging is manifested over the lifespan of the HHP cohort and focuses on identifying environmental factors (diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors) and genetic factors that have an effect on aging itself. The results may point to solutions to help prevent and treat a wide variety of age related diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer, or dementia.