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Association between Laughter and Lifestyle Diseases after the Great East Japan Earthquake: The Fukushima Health Management Survey

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Department of Epidemiology, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Radiation Medical Science Center for the Fukushima Health Management Survey, Fukushima Medical University, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Department of Physical Therapy, Fukushima Medical University School of Health Sciences, Fukushima 960-8516, Japan
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Department of Public Health, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Department of Gastroenterology, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Department of Community Health and Public Health Nursing, Fukushima Medical University School of Nursing, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Department of Disaster Psychiatry, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Department of Neuropsychiatry, Fukushima Medical University School of Medicine, Fukushima 960-1295, Japan
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Research Institute for Radiation Biology and Medicine, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima 734-8553, Japan
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(23), 12699; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312699
Received: 13 September 2021 / Revised: 24 November 2021 / Accepted: 28 November 2021 / Published: 2 December 2021
We investigated the association between the frequency of laughter and lifestyle diseases after the Great East Japan Earthquake. We included 41,432 participants aged 30–89 years in the Fukushima Health Management Survey in fiscal year 2012 and 2013. Gender-specific, age-adjusted and multivariable odds ratios of lifestyle diseases were calculated using logistic regressions stratified by evacuation status. Those who laugh every day had significantly lower multivariable odds ratios for hypertension (HT), diabetes mellitus (DM) and heart disease (HD) for men, and HT and dyslipidemia (DL) for women compared to those who do not, especially in male evacuees. The multivariable odds ratios (95% confidence intervals) of HT, DM and HD (non-evacuees vs. evacuees) for men were 1.00 (0.89–1.11) vs. 0.85 (0.74–0.96), 0.90 (0.77–1.05) vs. 0.77 (0.64–0.91) and 0.92 (0.76–1.11) vs. 0.79 (0.63–0.99), and HT and DL for women were 0.90 (0.81–1.00) vs. 0.88 (0.78–0.99) and 0.80 (0.70–0.92) vs. 0.72 (0.62–0.83), respectively. The daily frequency of laughter was associated with a lower prevalence of lifestyle disease, especially in evacuees. View Full-Text
Keywords: laughter; disaster; Great East Japan Earthquake; lifestyle diseases; cardiovascular diseases; evacuation laughter; disaster; Great East Japan Earthquake; lifestyle diseases; cardiovascular diseases; evacuation
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Eguchi, E.; Ohira, T.; Nakano, H.; Hayashi, F.; Okazaki, K.; Harigane, M.; Funakubo, N.; Takahashi, A.; Takase, K.; Maeda, M.; Yasumura, S.; Yabe, H.; Kamiya, K.; on behalf of the Fukushima Health Management Survey Group. Association between Laughter and Lifestyle Diseases after the Great East Japan Earthquake: The Fukushima Health Management Survey. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 12699. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312699

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Eguchi E, Ohira T, Nakano H, Hayashi F, Okazaki K, Harigane M, Funakubo N, Takahashi A, Takase K, Maeda M, Yasumura S, Yabe H, Kamiya K, on behalf of the Fukushima Health Management Survey Group. Association between Laughter and Lifestyle Diseases after the Great East Japan Earthquake: The Fukushima Health Management Survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(23):12699. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312699

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Eguchi, Eri, Tetsuya Ohira, Hironori Nakano, Fumikazu Hayashi, Kanako Okazaki, Mayumi Harigane, Narumi Funakubo, Atsushi Takahashi, Kanae Takase, Masaharu Maeda, Seiji Yasumura, Hirooki Yabe, Kenji Kamiya, and on behalf of the Fukushima Health Management Survey Group. 2021. "Association between Laughter and Lifestyle Diseases after the Great East Japan Earthquake: The Fukushima Health Management Survey" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 23: 12699. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph182312699

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