Late Life Diet Changes
Posted: February 10, 2011 at 10:24 am
Can changing my diet late in life lower
cholesterol and prolong life?
Yes, a study from the University of Maryland shows that
eating a healthful diet after age 70 increases your chances of
reaching 80 by 24 percent (Journal of the American Dietetic
Association. February, 2011).
The study followed 2,582 people ages 70 to 79 for 10 years.
They were categorized as 1) those who ate a healthful diet of mostly
fruits, vegetables, fish, poultry, whole grains, and nuts;
2) those who ate high-fat (dairy and meat); and 3) those who ate a
lot of sugar and flour (doughnuts, cakes, cookies, etc.) Meat and
cheese are rich sources of calories, saturated fat and cholesterol
that increase risk for heart attacks and strokes. Sugared drinks
and foods made with sugar or flour raise blood sugar and are also
sources of excess calories that increase risk for diabetes and
Compared to those who ate a healthful diet, the
high-fat eaters were 40 percent more likely to die, and the
high-sugar group was 37 percent more likely to die.