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Western Diet Could Shorten Lifespan

Those who eat food generally considered within the Western style diet may suffer a shorter life span, says a new study from researchers at Inserm in Montpellier, France. The foods generally considered within the Western style diet include fried and sweet food, processed and red meat and high fat dairy products.

For the study, researchers reviewed health records from 3,775 men and 1,575 women that participated in the UK's Whitehall II consort study. The study ran from 1985 to 2009 and each participant had a mean age of 51 at the beginning of the study. They found that those who practiced healthy eating habits, including those outlined in the Alternative Healthy Eating Index (AHEI), were most likely to avoid cardiovascular deaths.

"The impact of diet on specific age-related diseases has been studied extensively, but few investigations have adopted a more holistic approach to determine the association of diet with overall health at older ages," says lead researcher Tasnime Akbaraly.

"We examined whether diet, assessed in midlife, using dietary patterns and adherence to the Alternative Healthy Eating Index (AHEI), is associated with aging phenotypes, identified after a mean 16-year follow-up."

by RTTNews Staff Writer

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