According to a new study, published in The American Journal of Medicine, a western-style American diet can lead to premature death.
A western-style diet was defined as "fried and sweet food, processed and red meat, high fat dairy products and refined grains," reported ScienceWorldReport.com.
"We examined whether diet, assessed in midlife, using dietary patterns and adherence to the Alternative Healthy Eating Index (AHEI), is associated with aging phenotypes," stated lead investigator Tasnime Akbaraly, PhD, Inserm, Montpellier, France in a press release.
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The study used data from the British Whitehall II cohort study, which included 3,775 men and 1,575 women with an average age of 51 years. The study was conducted from 1985-2009.
The study said that people who did not follow a healthy AHEI diet, but did follow a western-style diet increased their risk of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular death.
“We showed that following specific dietary recommendations such as the one provided by the AHEI may be useful in reducing the risk of unhealthy aging, while avoidance of the ‘Western-type foods’ might actually improve the possibility of achieving older ages free of chronic diseases and remaining highly functional,” said Dr. Akbaraly.