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Better diet tied to higher quality of life in old age

Older adults who follow dietary guidelines tend to have a better quality of life and less trouble getting around and taking care of themselves, according to a new study.
This study showed that maintaining an overall optimal diet quality will be beneficial for preserving the general well-being of older adults.
Adhering to national dietary guidelines which is typified by high intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fish could be beneficial in maintaining a good quality of life and functional ability.
The study cohort included 1,305 men and women age 55 and over who were participating in a large Australian study of general health.
Participants filled out questionnaires about what they ate and how often, in 1992 to 1994. Researchers scored each person’s diet on a scale from 0 to 20 kamagra oral jelly cvs based the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. Higher scores indicated better diets.
The one-quarter of participants with the highest-quality diets had cialis online scores above 11.1. The one-quarter with the poorest diets scored 8.1 and below.
Five and ten years after reporting on their  diets, participants completed surveys assessing their quality of life with regard to physical health, mental health, social functioning and vitality.

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Each area was measured on a scale of 0 to 100.
On average, participants with the highest  diet scores also reported a better quality of life.
Physical function was almost six points higher among  the healthiest eaters than the least healthy. General health was four points higher among healthy eaters and vitality was five points higher.

SOURCE: J Acad Nutrition Diet 2013.