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February 11, 2022 Friday 11:39:30 AM IST

Increase Life Expectancy by 10 Years Through Diet Changes

Health Monitor

A study by University of Bergen researchers has shown that diet changes can improve life expectancy by 10 years. A calculator named Food4HealthyLife was developed that can estimate how many life years you could gain by modifications in diet patterns. It enables instant estimation of the effect on life expectancy of a range of dietary changes and could be useful tool for clinicians, policy makers and general population.

"For example, an average 40-year-old woman from the United States or Europe who has eaten a typical Western diet, is likely to gain around ten years by optimizing her diet from that age. Even a quite feasible diet modification is estimated to translate into gains of around six life years".

"The largest health gains are estimated from eating more legumes, whole grains and nuts, and less red and processed meat. Further gains are associated with increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables, and fish, while reducing the intake of sugar-sweetened drinks, eggs, and refined grains”, Lars T Fadnes of Department of Global Health and Primary Care in the University said.