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Healthy Eating Leads to Longer Life

(Andrew Weil, M.D.) The idea that eating a healthy diet extends lifespan makes sense, but new research is revealing even more about the link between longevity and specific diets. A study team from the University of Maryland evaluated the diets of more than 2,500 men and women in the U.S. age 70 to 79. Not surprisingly, they found eating habits that emphasized fruits, vegetables whole grains, poultry, fish and limited amounts of meat, fried foods, sweets and high-calorie drinks were correlated with higher survival rates over a 10-year span. The individuals who ate this way also smoked less and were more active than those in other groups…
My take? The best prescription for healthy aging is an anti-inflammatory diet, designed to reduce the chronic low-level inflammation that contributes to heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s diseases, type 2 diabetes, and many other diseases.
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