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Research ties eating fruits and vegetables, exercise to longer life

Posted by RHHAdmin on Jun 5, 2012 8:36:33 AM

Although it's widely known that exercising and eating right can give a person long-term benefits that extend into elderly care, few studies have been done on the combination.

New research published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reports women in their 70s who kept up with exercise and ate plenty of fruits and vegetables had a longer life expectancy than those who did not. After observing more than 700 women between the ages of 70 and 79, the study's authors concluded those who got the most exercise and ate the most fruits and vegetables were eight times more likely to be around for the five-year follow-up study than those who did not.

The researchers examined the participants' physical activity levels and measured the amount of carotenoids in the bloodstream. Carotenoid levels are measured by how many fruits and vegetables one consumes. Although both tests proved to have better outcomes for life expectancy, when eating fruits and vegetables and exercise were combined, the researchers saw better survival rates.

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