A report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has ranked Japan first with the lowest rate of mortality rate from cardiovascular disease among OECD nations.
The average mortality rate from heart disease in Japan is 171 deaths per 100,000, France (182), South Korea (185) and Israel (200). The countries with the highest mortality rate for heart diseases are Hungary, Estonia and the Czech Republic, with more than 500 deaths per 100,000 people.
Michael Glikson, director of the Davidai Cardiac Arrhythmia Center at Sheba Medical Center, said, "Genetic differences between the various countries, cardiologically speaking, our genetics as Jews are slightly better than those of the Europeans. But no less important, the field of cardiology in Israel is highly advanced, and as a result accessible invasive heart attack treatment is available in almost every medical center in Israel."
An estimated 85 million people between the ages of 20 to 79 or 7 percent of the population in OECD nations suffer from diabetes. The number is expected to rise from 7 percent to 27 percent (108 million people) by 2030.
Mexico and Portugal have higher incidences of diabetes. Israel ranks third place in diabetes incidence.
Carmel Shama-Hacohen, Israel's permanent representative to the OECD, said, "It's encouraging that despite the constant tension and sudden rocket sirens Israelis have been enduring, the Israeli heart is revealed to be resilient and strong, much like the Israeli people themselves. Furthermore, it's a badge of honor for the Israeli medical system."