IN FOR THE LONG HAUL
People who improve their diets over the long-term may significantly reduce their risk of premature death. The study, which will be published in the
New England Journal of Medicine, followed nearly 74,000 adults and scored their diets over 12 years, from 1986-1998, and then their risk of dying over the next 12 years, from 1998-2010. The findings showed that improved diet quality over the first 12-year period was associated with reduced risk of death over the following 12 years. Plus, the changes didn’t need to be big: a 20 per cent increase in dietquality scores – which could be achieved by swapping out one serving of red or processed meat for a daily serving of nuts or legumes – was linked with an eight to 17 per cent reduced risk of death.