Prudent diet, longer life
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.
A study indicates that what a woman eats can affect how long she lives.
Researchers investigated a Western eating pattern – lots of red and processed meat, French fries, refined grains, and sweets – and a prudent pattern – lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains, fish, and poultry.
Women with a prudent eating pattern had a lower risk of death.
Christin Heidemann of the German Institute of Human Nutrition:
"Initially healthy women with a high adherence to the prudent pattern had a 17 percent lower long term risk of premature death from all causes, and a 28 percent lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease." (12 seconds)
Heidemann says people should focus on prudent – healthy – eating.
The study in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association was supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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Last revised: May 7, 2011