Fiber may lead to improved life expectancy

Kevin Magna

February 28, 2011

Baby boomers and seniors who are looking to enjoy their golden years may want to take a few preventative measures to make sure that they are safe and healthy as they age. One way to help with independent living is to install a medical alert system in a home, which can be used to send a personal emergency response message to doctors if one needs assistance.

And, when it comes to healthy aging, it appears that certain foods can have a significant impact on longevity.

A new review conducted by researchers using data from the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health study has found that a diet rich in fiber may lead to a longer life, according to The Los Angeles Times.

The findings were gathered from tens of thousands of participants who gave information about their eating habits. Researchers followed the volunteers for nine years and found that those who had a high diet of fiber lived longer on average.

Men who consumed 29.4 grams of fiber and women who had 25.8 grams each day had a 22 percent lower risk of mortality compared to the participants who ate the least amount of fiber. They also had less of a chance of developing cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems.

Grains such as whole wheat, oats and barely seemed to be the most valuable source of nutrients.