SAWADA, Susumu

Master’s Program / HEALTH AND EXERCISE SCIENCE / Health and Sports Epidemiology
Doctoral Program / SPORTS MEDICINE SPECIALIZATION / Sports Epidemiology

SUBJECTS
Sports epidemiology, Epidemiology, Public health, Health sciences
PROFILE
Dr. Sawada is a researcher of sports epidemiology. His main interest is the relationship between physical fitness and health, and he has published many papers on physical fitness and health.
He is also a member of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare's research group, responsible for developing national physical activity guidelines for health.
BIOGRAPHY
Educational background:
1979/04 -1983/03 Fukuoka University, Department of Sports Sciences
1983/04 -1985/03 Juntendo University Graduate School of Health and Sports Sciences

Degree:
Ph.D. in medicine, Juntendo University, public health

Physical fitness and health

The figure on the left shows the incidence of diabetes by physical fitness levels, we followed 4,747 Japanese for 14 years. The result was that the higher the physical fitness level, the lower the relative risk of diabetes (PMID: 14514602).
The figure on the right shows the cancer mortality by physical fitness levels, we followed 9,039 Japanese for 16 years. The result was that the higher the physical fitness level, the lower the relative risk of cancer mortality (PMID: 12972875).
Our research suggests that maintaining high physical fitness may prevent future onset of diabetes and cancer death, and maintaining physical fitness by continuing physical activity and sports. We believe that is important for our health.

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