IN FOR THE LONG HAUL

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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.

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