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Study Finds Strong Link Between Fiber Consumption And Healthy Aging

June 6, 2016: 12:00 AM EST
Australian researchers who analyzed dietary and health data from 1,600 people over 50 years of age found a surprising connection between carbohydrate nutrition and healthy aging. They looked at several key factors over ten years: total carbohydrate intake, total fiber intake, glycemic index, glycemic load, and sugar intake. They found that high fiber intake – from breads, cereals, and fruits – made the biggest difference to what they called "successful aging." People who regularly consumed fiber were likely to be disabled or depressed, or suffer from respiratory ailments or chronic diseases such as dementia, diabetes, cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke. In fact, the researchers found, people in the research sample who ate the most fiber had an almost 80 percent greater likelihood of living a long and healthy life.
Bamini Gopinath et al. , "Association Between Carbohydrate Nutrition and Successful Aging Over 10 Years. ", The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, June 06, 2016, © Gopinath et al.
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