Healthy diets shown to correspond to physical strength and speed

We all assume that a healthier diet will help to protect us from disease and disorder, but does it actually keep us stronger as we age? A primary research article published online today in the Journal of Gerontology shows us just that: Healthy diets mean stronger muscles and higher walking speed for individuals aged 60 and over! Concrete proof of the major impact of diet upon our physical wellbeing, not only for keeping physical ailments like heart disease and diabetes at bay, but also for maintaining our own physical strength and independence from middle age onward. There aren’t any general news articles about this yet, but if you have access through your library, you can read the primary research article here:

Beibei Xu, Denise K. Houston, Julie L. Locher, Kathy Jo Ellison, Sareen Gropper, David R. Buys, and Claire A. Zizza. 2012. Higher Healthy Eating Index-2005 Scores Are Associated With Better Physical Performance. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci (2012) 67A(1): 93-99 doi:10.1093/gerona/glr159


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