Switch to These Foods to Add Years to Your Life!

Switching from an unhealthy to a healthy diet in middle age can add almost a decade to a person’s life, a new study suggests. The study, published Monday in Nature Food, was based on a model used to estimate how lifestyle changes could affect a person’s life expectancy and used data on 467,354 participants from the UK Biobank, a large-scale biomedical database and research resource containing genetic and health information on half a million UK participants.

The model found that people in their 40s who switched their unhealthy diet to a longevity-associated diet could add about 10 years to their life expectancy. The change was associated with an extra 10.8 years for women and 10.4 years for men.

Going from eating an average diet, rather than an explicitly unhealthy one, to the longevity-associated diet was meanwhile linked to a life-expectancy gain of 3.1 years for women in their 40s, increasing slightly to 3.4 years for men. Making the same dietary changes in their 70s was associated with a life-expectancy gain of about five years.

Excerpted from Business Insider

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