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I am often asked, “what should I be eating to improve my health”?
Although there are a multitude of answers to this one question which, for the most part only seems to complicate this issue, keeping it simple is usually the best and most accurate answer.
Nutrition does not need to be complicated!
Here is the proof….some recent research evidence published by the School of Public Health at Harvard University has indicated that those who consume a diet higher in nutritional quality (value) also can expect to live a longer lifespan.
This study looked at the changes in diet quality of 74,000 adult subjects over a 12 year period and measured the relative risk of dying over the next 12 years.
Although this study is rather morbid, it’s quite important because it evaluated a very large adult sample size over a very long time. This study also measured something which is very important, the risk of dying early from a preventable lifestyle behavior.
The results of this study indicated that those people who improved the quality of their diets (ate a diet closer to the DASH diet or the Mediterranean diet) were less likely to die from cardiovascular disease.
In addition, those folks who improved the quality of their diets over time, (consumed more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish and less red and processed meats,and sugar) significantly reduced their risk of premature death!
According to the study, the findings clearly illustrate the benefits of healthy eating. This study also indicated that even modest improvements in diet quality could significantly lower the risk of premature mortality. Those subjects whose diet became worse in terms of it’s quality showed an increase in mortality risk over the same amount of time.
The most interesting finding was that those subjects who maintained higher rather than lower food quality scores throughout the 12 year period experienced a 9%-14% reduction in mortality from any cause. In those folks who had relatively unhealthy diets at the beginning of the study but whose diet quality to the greatest degree over the 12 years experienced a significant reduction in premature death.
Those subjects whose diet quality worsened over the study period experienced an average increase in mortality from 6-12%!
Simply, eating less of certain harmful foods and replacing them with healthier alternatives can have a very significant effect upon mortality from all-cause and cardiovascular diseases over your lifetime.
It’s not too late to start!
Dr. K.J. McLaughlin
The Vitality Project.