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July 22, 2020 - Inverse

One diet can cut the risk of death by over 10% — study

One diet can cut the risk of death by over 10% — study
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As people age, the risk of developing diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and dementia rises. Often, these health complications are considered inevitable downsides of getting older. People always get sick in their sunset years, right?

New research and a related literature review throw a wrench in this conventional wisdom. Taken together, the findings suggest eating a plant-heavy diet can significantly delay the aging process, disease, and death.

The most recent study, published Monday in the JAMA Internal Medicine, analyzed the eating patterns and health outcomes of over 400,000 people over 16 years. The team found higher plant protein intake can cut the risk of disease and death by more than 12 percent.

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