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A healthy diet can give women healthy cellular ageing, says study

Women should go for a diet rich in veggies, fruit, whole grains and should avoid added sugar, sodium and processed for healthy cellular growth, shows a recent study by University of Michigan.

Written by Sreemoyee Chatterjee |Published : August 21, 2018 11:36 AM IST

Here is a great news for women. Having a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low in added sugar, sodium and processed meat can give you healthy cellular ageing. That is exactly what a recent study conducted by the University of Michigan revealed, states an ANI report. According to the study, an appropriate diet can actually enhance healthy cellular ageing in women. The study has been published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

Cindy Leung, the lead author of this research, reportedly said: "The key takeaway is that following a healthy diet can help us maintain healthy cells and avoid certain chronic diseases. Emphasis should be placed on improving the overall quality of your diet rather than emphasising individual foods or nutrients."

The researchers have made use of telomeres which are DNA-protein structures located on the ends of chromosomes, promoting stability and protecting DNA, to measure cellular ageing. According to experts, age is the strongest predictor of telomere length. With each cell cycle, the telomere length shortens. However, recent studies have shown that the length of the telomere can shorten due to several behavioural, environmental and psychological factors. Also, shorter telomeres can be directly linked to increasing risk of heart related disorders, type 2 diabetes and some kinds of cancer, according to ANI report.

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Leung reportedly said: "Overall, the findings suggest that following these diet guidelines is associated with longer telomere length and reduces the risk of major chronic disease. We have seen some gender differences in previous nutrition and telomere studies."

"In our study, as well as in previous studies, men tended to have lower diet quality scores than women. Men also had higher intakes of sugary beverages and processed meats, both of which have been associated with shorter telomeres in prior studies," she added.

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