Diet may play a role in longevity

Jan 31, 2011

It's important to eat fruits and vegetables

Cardiovascular diseases are more likely to be cited as a cause of death than infectious diseases, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.

A research team found a strong relationship between diet and mortality. Those who ate high-fat dairy products had a 40 percent higher mortality rate than those who ate healthier foods. For the purpose of the study, high-fat dairy products consisted of ice cream, cheese, and yogurt. Fruits, fish and vegetables were considered to be a healthier diet.

Lead author Amy Anderson says people should review their diets if they are interested in improving their longevity.

"Results of this study suggest that older adults who follow a dietary pattern consistent with current guidelines to consume relatively high amounts of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry and fish, may have a lower risk of mortality," says Anderson.

People who consume a balanced diet on a regular basis may save on their life insurance premiums. Insurers often charge healthy individuals lower rates because they are considered less of a risk to cover. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends adult consume 2 cups of fruits and 2.5 cups of vegetables daily. 

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