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According to a new study, adopting and sticking to a healthy diet can potentially increase the longevity of middle-aged people by nearly a decade.

Where was the study published?

The study, which was published earlier this week in the journal Nature Food, examined health data from nearly half a million British citizens who took part in the UK Biobank study, tracking their eating habits over time.

Who participated in the research?


Researchers classified 467,354 participants based on their food habits and tracked how these behaviours changed over time. 

The study’s model found that people in their 40s who switched from an unhealthy diet to one associated with longevity may gain an amazing 10 years on their life expectancy. This positive shift was especially noticeable, with women gaining 10.8 years and men gaining 10.4 years.

What did the study find?

The study found that in their 40s, those who switched from an ordinary diet (rather than an expressly poor one) to the longevity-associated diet gained 3.1 years of life expectancy for women and 3.4 years for men. 

Surprisingly, people in their 70s who made identical dietary changes had a five-year increase in life expectancy. The findings highlight the potential impact of dietary decisions on overall health and lifespan, especially if made earlier in life. 

How do you incorporate food for a healthy life span?

1. Fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins and minerals, as well as fibre and antioxidants. They benefit overall health and aid in preventing a variety of disorders. 

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2. Fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines, are good for heart health and can help you live longer.

3. Nuts and seeds are high in healthful fats, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. They can be beneficial to heart health and may aid with weight management.

4. Whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat, are high in complex carbs, fibre, and minerals. They can help keep blood sugar levels constant and contribute to general wellness.

5. Lean protein foods, such as fish, chicken, beans, and lentils, are important for tissue growth and repair. Incorporate two portions of lean protein into your regular meals.

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