Hey ladies, what you eat in your 50s and 60s can have a major impact to your physical and cognitive function as your age.
According to a recent study by researchers at Harvard University, “better diet quality at midlife seems to be strongly linked to greater health and well-being in persons surviving to older ages.”
The researchers studied more than 10,000 women with no chronic illnesses when the study was launched and gathered information on their health status after 15 years. “Healthy aging” was defined as living to 70 years of age or older with no major chronic illnesses or cognitive, physical or mental “impairments.”
Those women who tended to follow a Mediterranean diet were at significantly greater odds of meeting the criteria of healthy aging.
“We found that greater quality of diet at midlife was strongly associated with increased odds of good health and well-being among individuals surviving to older ages,” the researchers concluded in the study recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “These data may have an especially important role in promoting a healthy diet—maintaining physical, cognitive, and mental health with aging may provide a more powerful incentive for dietary change than simply prolonging life or avoiding any single chronic disease.”
Check out our “Practical Guide to a Mediterranean Diet” for tips on how you realistically follow this diet on a day-to-day basis.