Let’s face it: we all would like to live longer than the official average life expectancy. If we could even live forever, we surely wouldn’t be upset at all. Therefore, if you somehow found the secret to eternal youth, feel free to share it with us in the comment section below!
Jokes aside, for now! According to CNN, there’s a new study claiming that you can add up to 13 years to your life if you consume specific foods. It’s even better if you learn about this news when you’re young. Those who start changing their diet when they’re at 20 years of age have the best chances to expand their life.
Forget about the typical Western diet
The typical Western diet, which is focused on processed foods and red meat, may be delicious, but it won’t give you a winning ticket if you plan to spend extra years on this Earth. The new study recommends replacing the diet with meals focused on more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. Also, you should keep considering eating red and processed meat but not adding too much to your meals.
Men following the optimized diet model that’s described above can add an extra 13 years to their lifetime if they start at the age of 20 years old. As for women, they can live for an extra 10 years or a bit over if they follow the same diet and start at the same age.
Those who are way above their ’20s shouldn’t lose hope at all, however. The same study says that even if you start eating healthier at the age of 60 years old, you can still add an extra 8 to 9 years to your lifespan. Even 80-year-olds can benefit from an optimized diet, as following it can make them add roughly three and a half years to their lifetime.
Dr. David Katz declared as CNN quotes:
The notion that improving diet quality would reduce the risk of chronic disease and premature death is long established, and it only stands to reason that less chronic disease and premature death means more life expectancy.
The new study was published in PLOS Medicine.