• Want to Age Well? Don't Eat Like an American

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    Over a year ago

    (from Newser:

    Doctors have long told us that the Western diet—fried foods, processed foods, red meat, white bread, dairy, and plenty of sugar—is unhealthy, and now they have numbers to back it up. Researchers studied 5,350 British adults with a mean age of 51 who were followed for an average of 16 years. The results? Only 4% enjoyed “ideal aging,” defined as being free from chronic diseases and having strong physical, mental, and cognitive function, reports MedPage Today. Participants were divided into three groups based on how they ate, and the researchers found:

    The group who ate the most Western-style diet were 42% to 50% less likely to experience ideal aging compared to the group that ate more vegetables, fruits, and fish
    The Western diet was linked to a 53% increased chance of cardiovascular death and a 36% increased chance of non-cardiovascular death
    The Western diet was also linked to a worsened musculoskeletal status (determined by walking speed) and worse cognitive function
    Their conclusion: “avoidance of the ‘Western-type foods’ actually might improve the possibility of achieving older ages free of chronic disease and remaining highly functional.”

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  • Profile photo of Helena8664

    Over a year ago

    I’ve heard Eastern Asian cuisine, as well as spicy dishes like Indian food helps you live longer, as well as help you age well. Also seriously under-considered? Portion control!

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  • Profile photo of alexblue

    Over a year ago

    Thanks for the info! I’m passing it on to my meat-and-cheese-loving friends!

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