Adding a Decade to Your Life

February 26, 2020

 

You may heave heard that living a long, healthy life comes down to a few, simple things including modifiable diet and lifestyle factors—True! Developing research points not only to an increased lifespan but an increased amount of years living without chronic illness when these factors are adopted! People who adopt 4 of the 5 identified lifestyle factors can add 6 to 10 extra years free of chronic illness to their life!

 

The low-risk lifestyle factors that have been identified include:

  • Never smoking

  • A minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity daily

  • Moderate alcohol intake

  • Maintaining moderate weight (defined as BMI<25)

  • A high quality diet

Making wise nutritional choices is one of the greatest things that you can do for yourself in terms of increasing your health and longevity. Foods that are high in fiber are highly recommended to help prevent against chronic diseases. Including foods that are fibrous can improve cardiovascular health, GI health, and reduce inflammation. How can you make this happen? Think beans, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables!

 

If you are thinking about improving your quality of life as you age, you may benefit from working with a Registered Dietitian to create a plan specific for your needs. Call us and make an appointment to get started!

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