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Eating well now can boost your health in later life

You are what you eat – and that’s particularly true in your 40s and 50s when diet and weight can affect your risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. Research shows that a good diet can help you reduce these risks and add to your healthy years in later life.
Here are some simple changes that can really make a difference:
Go Mediterranean: a study for the Harvard School of Public Health showed that women who adopted a ‘Mediterranean’ diet including lots of fruit, vegetables, fish and wholegrains, stayed healthier and lived longer, even if they started after 40.
Watch the three ‘S’s’: try to reduce your intake of salt, sugar and saturated fat. The best ways to do this are to cut down on processed foods and ready meals and check food labels before you buy.
Eat more berries and beans: berries are full of vitamin C and antioxidants, which help protect your immune system as you age; beans have protein and fibre which are good for your muscles and digestive system.
Also make sure you are getting enough of these key nutrients:

  • Calcium – for your bones, found in milk, yoghurt, broccoli and cabbage
  • Vitamin D – for your bones and muscle health, found in sunlight, eggs and oily fish
  • B vitamins – to protect your heart and brain, found in leafy greens, beans, poultry and eggs
  • Omega-3 fatty acids – for your joints, found in oily fish such as tuna, mackerel and sardines

Get more diet and nutrition tips and information from AXA PPP Healthcare’s diet and nutrition centre.

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*This information is taken from the following AXA PPP Healthcare website: https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/health-worries/lifes-journey/article/forties-and-fifties/  

Copyright Press Association 2014

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