Over the last few decades, scientists have tried to find the ideal healthy diet by analyzing various types of foods, fruits, and vegetables.
The fundamental principle is that we need to understand the benefits of everything we eat in order to establish what is the healthiest strategy for our health. Women are usually more interested in diets than men as they tend to be more careful about what they eat and how they eat.
The latest study has shown that if women have a healthy diet while they are young, then the risk of developing physical disabilities when they are older significantly drops down.
According to Francine Grodstein, senior author from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, scientists have accounted until now only for the immediate benefits of a healthy diet. Experts have not established yet what are the real advantages of eating healthy throughout your life.
Around 55,000 women participated in the National Nurses’ Health Study. They were observed from 1992 until 2008 and went under thorough medical investigation at every four years. From time to time, they also had to fill some questionnaires regarding their eating habits and their diets.
Based on the results, women having healthy diets had a much lower risk of developing mobility problems later in life compared with women who didn’t pay too much attention to their eating habits.
It is also worth mentioning that diets with low consumption of unhealthy fats, sugar-sweetened beverages, moderate alcohol intake, and rich in fruits and vegetables were strongly linked with a much lower risk of developing physical disabilities.
Further research proved that other vegetables and fruits including walnuts, leaf or romaine lettuce, pears, apples, and oranges, most likely prevent the development of physical impairments later in life. In others words, the key to being a healthy senior is to have excellent eating habits throughout your entire life.
According to Kaitlin Hagan, a postdoctoral scientist at Brigham and Women’s, experts have neglected the issue of physical function as they have focused more on other serious health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Nevertheless, a good physical function will be one of the greatest assets later in life. A healthy diet along with physical exercises will prove to be the best weapon against various possible health risks.
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