A Baby-Step Approach To Better Eating Makes A Big Difference In Longevity

Jul 18 2017 - 6:56pm
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At some point, the question of how to change your diet to be healthy may well be the most important question you ask yourself. A glimmer of encouragement from new research may help you to gain control over our health. Perhaps you cut back on wine, or swapped out your favorite nighttime gooey dessert for fresh squeezed orange juice. As small as these health changes are, they matter a lot when it comes to your lifespan.

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Poor Health Results In Slow Productivity

More than two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youths are overweight or obese. These high rates of obesity and chronic disease have persisted for more than two decades and come not only with increased health risks, but also at a high cost. According to the CDC, in 2008, the medical costs associated with obesity were estimated to be $147 billion. In 2012, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in decreased productivity.

Diets Changes Can Be Confusing

In line with thinking about how to change your diet to be healthy, it’s hard to know which diets are good for you with all the trending and conflicting information. A new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that small changes in diet over time may add years to your life if you stick with it.

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The study, originated from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and involved 74,000 adults over a 12-year period whose diets were reviewed using three different scoring methods. The scores were assigned to the various types of food, with healthier foods receiving higher scores and less healthy foods receiving lower scores.

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How To Change Your Diet To Be Healthy

The study results showed over a 12-year period, that a Mediterranean-style diet high in plant-based foods such as fruits and vegetables, healthy grains, nuts, beans and fish, was positively linked to a reduced risk of death. So for example, if you began by swapping out just one serving of red or processed meat, with a serving of nuts or beans, this could mean the difference in longer life.

Not surprisingly, results also showed that reverting back poor eating habits was linked to a 6 to 12 percent increase in the risk of death.

One Step At A Time Gets You To The Finish Line

These results are encouraging, easing the pressure for many who believe they have failed at changing their diets. What is more, improving your diet doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult. Small swaps, even those that seem insignificant, can over time move you forward and turn your health around– even if it means starting with eating one apple a day. Small and doable nutritional changes will ease you into a healthful transition, adding up over time and resulting in an improved state of health. Move yourself forward in your healing, no matter how small the changes, since over time these will yield rewarding results.

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