This is what a healthy diet can do for all of us, according to leading US nutrition authority Dr David Katz. I spoke with him in Melbourne recently, where he addressed a conference of doctors and health experts. His message to us all: Forget expensive cosmetics and anti-ageing creams. Instead, lifestyle and the choices we make every day, is anti-ageing medicine.
Dr Katz says 80 per cent of premature deaths comes down to “bad use of our feet, forks and fingers”. In other words, our feet don’t do enough walking, our forks do too much eating and our fingers do too much smoking.
While ageing may be inevitable, how fast it happens is, in a lot of ways, up to you. What you eat is one of the best predictors of how well you age. Even though our lifespan has grown 10 years to 82 in the last half-century, too many of us are now overweight or obese, and will develop type 2 diabetes. This puts us at risk of many long-term health conditions, imposing years of poor health. So, in the wise words of Dr Katz, “are we doing what we need to do to get more life from our years?”
New research tells us that what you eat in your 20s can impact your physical age in your 40s and 50s. But it’s never too late to better your health, so to uncover the best foods to fight ageing, pick up the September issue of Healthy Food Guide magazine.