Fit over 50 Update — Want to live longer? With less heart disease and cancer?

In my and Phil Bishop’s book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You, we write:

Diets high in vegetables, fruits, and whole grains (and low in red and processed meats) have been linked with lower rates of cancer … A diet quality score based on the PURE study, which advocates eating more of seven key foods—fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, dairy, and non-processed red meat—has been linked to lower premature deaths and reduced cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke in at least three large independent studies.

Fit over 50, page 28 and 166

Study: Plant-based diet reduces heart disease

Reuters reports a study suggests that “people who eat a healthy, mostly plant-based diet may be less likely to develop heart disease and to die from it than those who consume lots of meat and refined carbohydrates.” Researchers “followed 12,168 middle-aged adults over three decades, assessing their eating habits at several points.” The study was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Study: Plant protein results in longer life

Reuters also reports a new study in Japan suggests that “people who eat more plant-based protein may live longer than those who get more protein from meat, a Japanese study suggests.” One researcher explained, “When individuals eat more plant protein foods such as nuts, soy, and lentils, there is a significant improvement in cardiovascular risk factors such as blood lipids, blood pressure, and body weight.”

Researchers “followed 70,696 Japanese men and women, average age 55, for an average of 18 years” and “found that compared with the one-fifth of the group who ate the least plant protein, the fifth who consumed the most had a 27 percent lower rate of cardiovascular death, a 28 percent lower rate of death from heart disease and a 28 percent lower rate of stroke.”

The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, also found that “substituting plant protein for red or processed meat was associated with lower mortality, though the researchers found no correlation between the amount of animal protein intake and mortality when considered alone.”

We’ ve got tons of simple tips on becoming more highly healthy in our book, Fit over 50: Make Simple Choices Today for a Healthier, Happier You. Order Fit over 50 here.

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2 Responses to Fit over 50 Update — Want to live longer? With less heart disease and cancer?

  1. Alan Garrett says:

    I am a North Carolinian with mountain roots, a retired Civil Engineer and NCSU graduate, the father of two sons doing missionary work with their wives overseas. As I sit here in the NC foothills reading “Bryson City Tales” , I have tears of joy In my eyes over the tremendous wisdom contained in this book. “Bryson City Tales” should not only be required reading in every junior high school, but it should also be a TV series along the lines of “All Creatures Great and Small.” Your life experience and testimony should be held up as a life lesson for everyone. Thank you for this gift, please pursue a Christian TV series as that is the media most kids are watching these days.

  2. Alan,

    Thanks for the kind words and feedback. Both are an incredible blessing for me. There are two sequels to “Bryson City Tales:” “Bryson City Seasons,” and “Bryson City Secrets.” Additionally, this fall I’ll release the first of a two-part series on my subsequent practice in Kissimmee, Florida. The first book will be “The Best Medicine: Tales of Humor and Hope from a Small-Town Doctor.” If you’d like to be on the “launch team” for that book, just let me know.

    Again, thanks so much for the blessing.


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