Research conducted by Norwegian scientists found that people who switch from a typical Western diet to a diet that includes more legumes, nuts, and whole grains, and fewer processed and red meats can add years to their lives. Younger people can add more years to their lives than the elderly, so it’s best to start early. For example, if a 20-year-old man or woman makes dramatic and long-lasting dietary changes, he or she could expect to live an extra 11-13 years. An 80-year-old who makes the same changes could extend life by three years.
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