Healthy aging through a healthy diet. Never too old to eat healthy?!

Promovendus N (Nicole) Jankovic MSc
Promotor E (Ellen) Kampman
Copromotor CPGM (Lisette) de Groot EJM (Edith) Feskens
Copromotor A Geelen
Organisatie Wageningen University, Division of Human Nutrition

vr 13 februari 2015 16:00 tot 17:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
6703 BG Wageningen


Current life circumstances allow a long lasting life and so, the group of elderly people is growing constantly. Unfortunately, aging and chronic diseases are closely related. An important factor contributing to the development of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and cancer is diet. We studied whether a healthy diet followed later in life (age 60 years and above) prevents the occurrence of chronic diseases and increase life expectancy in elderly people from Europe and the United States. The results showed that greater adherence to a healthy diet based on globally applicable dietary guidelines (WHO and WCRF/AICR) decreased the risk of premature death, death from CVD and total cancer risk in a large proportion of elderly participants from Europe and the United States. Eating according to the recommendations extended the life span by 2 years and the risk for the diagnosis of cancer was postponed by about 1.5 years, while adhering to a healthy diet. These results show that one is never too old to eat healthy.