New Study Shows Western Diet has significant long term impact on health.

A study by suggests that adherence to a “western-style” diet consisting of fried and , processed and red meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products, significantly reduces a person’s likelihood of achieving old age in good health and with a higher functionality. The data will be revealed in the May issue of the American Journal of Medicine.

The determination factor for the study was investigate what impact the association of diet has with overall health at older ages.

The lead investigator Dr. Tasnime Akbaraly, examined “examined whether diet, assessed in midlife, using dietary patterns and adherence to the Alternative (AHEI), is associated with aging phenotypes, identified after a mean 16-year follow-up.”

The AHEI is a validated index of , originally designed to provide dietary guidelines with the specific intention to combat major such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Investigators analyzed findings from a study called the British Whitehall II , which suggest that following the AHEI can double the odds of reversing . This condition is recognized as a strong predictor of heart disease and mortality. The research team sought to identify that can not only prevent premature death, but also promote ideal aging.

Researchers followed 3,775 men and 1,575 women from 1985-2009 with a mean age of 51 years from the Whitehall II study. Using a combination of hospital data, results of screenings conducted every five years, and registry data, investigators identified mortality and among participants. The outcomes at follow-up stage, classified into 5 categories were:

1. Ideal aging, defined as free of and high performance in physical, mental, and tests — 4.0 percent

2. Nonfatal — 12.7 percent

3. Cardiovascular death — 2.8 percent

4. Noncardiovascular death — 7.3 percent

5. Normal aging — 73.2 percent

The study determined that participants with low adherence to the AHEI increased their risk of cardiovascular and noncardiovascular death. Those who followed a “Western-type diet” consisting of fried and , processed food and red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy products lowered their chances for ideal aging.

“We showed that following specific dietary recommendations such as the one provided by the AHEI may be useful in reducing the risk of unhealthy aging, while avoidance of the ‘Western-type foods’ might actually improve the possibility of achieving older ages free of and remaining highly functional,” notes Dr. Akbaraly. “A better understanding of the distinction between specific health behaviors that offer protection against diseases and those that move individuals towards ideal aging may facilitate improvements in public health prevention packages.”

Source

Tasnime Akbaraly, Séverine Sabia, Gareth Hagger-Johnson, Adam G. Tabak, Martin J. Shipley, Markus Jokela, Eric J. Brunner, Mark Hamer, G. David Batty, Archana Singh-Manoux, Mika Kivimaki. Does Overall Diet in Midlife Predict Future Aging Phenotypes? A . The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 126, Issue 5 (May 2013) DOI: 10.1016/j.amjmed.2012.10.028

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