Longevity due to sleep and good dietary habits

Longevity due to sleep and good dietary habits

Another large study finding that the common sense advice of a good healthy diet and a good healthy sleep routine is essential to good healthy longevity.

“Poor sleep has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.  We found that for both genders, poor sleep was strongly correlated with poor appetite and poor perceived health.  There was significant interaction between sleep quality and dietary diversity.  For men, poor sleep was not associated with a greater risk of death unless there was also insufficient dietary diversity.  For women, good sleep only provides a survival advantage if they had a diverse diet”
Professor Mark Wahlqvist from Monash University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, February 2014.

The study, conducted by researchers at Monash University, found:

  • A good sleeping pattern is linked with increased life expectancy in men
  • In women, eating habits were even more important but good sleep was also essential to boost life span
  • Poor sleeping patterns were linked with high risk of contracting chronic diseases like coronary heart conditions, cardiovascular disease, obesity and diabetes
  • People with bad sleeping patterns were less active and had a poor appetite
  • Women were two times more likely than men to have bad sleeping patterns

Study by Yi-Chen Huang MPH, Mark L. Wahlqvist MD & Meei-Shyuan Lee DrPH “Sleep Quality in the Survival of Elderly Taiwanese: Roles for Dietary Diversity and Pyridoxine in Men and Women” as published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Volume 32, issue 6, 2013.  The study looked at 1,865 people and included researchers from the National Defense Medical Centre, Taiwan, and the National Health Research Institutes, Taiwan, and data from the Nutrition and Health Survey in Taiwan (NAHSIT).  As reported by scienceworldreport.com on February 3, 2014.



Posted: Wednesday 19 March 2014