Switching to a healthier diet in middle age can add more than eight years to your life, experts say.
EnglandAccording to a study conducted on more than 460 thousand people in Turkey, in order to live longer, reducing sugary drinks and processed meats such as sausages and salami, and consuming more hazelnuts and whole grain bread are beneficial in extending life.
Accordingly, changes to a 40-year-old man’s diet could help extend his life expectancy by almost nine years, meaning he could go from dying at 74 to reaching almost 83.
The results of the study show that if people with the unhealthy diet switch to the healthiest diet, they can extend their life expectancy by nearly ten years at the age of 40, and by more than five years at the age of 70.
PREVENTS EARLY DEATHS
research NorwayProfessor Lars Thadnes, from the University of Bergen in Germany, said: “Healthy nutrition can prevent early deaths such as heart attack and stroke.”
“People changing their diets wherever possible can help meet targets to reduce these preventable deaths. The Eatwell Guide offers a glimpse into how we can be more aware of what we consume.” said.
The Eatwell Guide advises people to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, consume enough starchy and protein-rich foods, and reduce foods high in fat, salt and sugar.