Following the Mediterranean Diet, which consists of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, fish, and olive oil, and an occasional glass of red wine, may boost your longevity, according to a study recently published in BMJ. Analysis taken from the ongoing Healthy Nurses' Study found an association between those who ate the Mediterranean Diet and decreased shortening of their telomeres found at the ends of their chromosomes. Telomere length is an indicator of life expectancy.
Like a lot of existent research, this study had noted correlation rather than causation. In other words, following the Mediterranean Diet will not necessarily cause telomere shortening. Rather, there appears to be an association between eating the Mediterranean Diet and reduced shortening of telomeres. Nevertheless, geneticists have long known that longer telomeres are indicative of healthier aging and longer life expectancy. Living an unhealthy lifestyle (i.e., eating sugary, fattening foods and smoking) is associated with shortened telomere length. So it makes sense that eating an antioxidant-rich diet (e.g., Mediterranean Diet) may increase your longevity.
Other lifestyle habits that may increase your life expectancy include the following:
Brian Danley, CFT
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