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Simple Diet Switch Adds Decade to Life

Norwegian researchers claim to have the answer to boost life expectancy – but it does involve midlifers removing some old favourites.

Piece of medium rare steak on a fork.

Removing steak, sausages and bacon from your diet at the age of 60 in favour of more fish, nuts and beans can add almost a decade onto your life, a new study has found.

The study from researchers at the University of Bergen, Norway, has discovered that following an “optimal diet” from the age of 60 adds 9.1 years to the life expectancy of a 60-year-old European man, and 8.1 years for a woman.

Switching from what the researchers called a “traditional Western diet” to a more nutritious menu at the age of 60 means that a man can expect to live to 90, opposed to 81 if he was to stick to his old habits. An average woman of 60 will reach 93, up from 85, the study claimed.

The overall increase in expected lifespan is greater if a person adopts the overhauled feeding regimen at an earlier age, but not by much.



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