How to live longer: The’midlife’ snack that boosts your chances of ‘healthy ageing’
A LIFE-LONG COMMITMENT TO HEALTHY LIFESTYLE DECISIONS IS REQUIRED TO REACH OLD AGE. According to research, decisions you make at different times of your life, such as consuming a healthy snack in your forties, can help you age well.
Your life decisions have a cascading effect, determining your entire life expectancy. This is because a variety of chronic diseases are influenced by lifestyle variables. One of the most powerful examples of this effect is diet, with bad choices increasing your chance of heart disease, one of the most serious threats to longevity.
According to research, the food choices you make at different periods in your life can affect your chances of living to a ripe old age.
This is the main finding of a study published in the Hindawi journal.
“Nut consumption may minimize age-related disorders and lead to improved health and well-being as people age,” the researchers concluded.
As they pointed out, many age-related illnesses develop across decades, thus early lifestyle choices may have a greater impact on subsequent health.
The researchers noticed that nut eating in middle age appeared to have a knock-on impact.
The researchers used food frequency questionnaires to examine nut consumption (peanuts, walnuts, and other nuts, as well as peanut butter) in women in their 50s and early 60s in the Nurses’ Health Study from 1998 to 2002.
The Nurses’ Health Study and Nurses’ Health Study II are two of the most comprehensive studies of women’s risk factors for major chronic diseases.
“Healthy agers” were defined as people who lived to be 65 years old with no chronic diseases, no recorded memory impairment, no physical limitations, and good mental health.
The researchers took into account sociodemographic, behavioral, nutritional, and other variables that could have influenced the outcomes.
At midlife, 16 percent of the 33,931 participants became “healthy agers.”
“We detected a significant link between total nut consumption at midlife and increased odds of healthy ageing after age adjustment,” they concluded, “with the highest effects observed omitting peanut butter.”
After adjusting for age, the researchers discovered that peanuts, walnuts, and other nuts had “statistically significantly” greater probabilities of healthy aging.
Only walnut consumption remained connected with good ageing once all confounders were taken into account, they added.
“Women who eat nuts in their forties have a higher chance of overall health and well-being as they get older,” the researchers concluded.
“Nut consumption could be a simple way to investigate and support good aging.”
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