Food Rx: Longevity expert shares diet tips for good aging

Can you eat your way to a longer life? It’s a question people often ask experts like Laura L. Carstensen, Ph.D.professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Center for Longevity in Stanford, California — and more and more research suggests the answer may be yes.

According to chapter in Nutrition, food and diet in old age and longevity, published in October 2021, studies have found that diets such as the Mediterranean diet, the Okinawa diet, the Scandinavian diet, and vegetarian diets promote longevity. These diets will likely help protect your cells from aging thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and other substances they contain.

But what does science say about communication?

Can your diet avoid age-related diseases?

Researchers have found that eating – or not eating – certain types of foods can affect your risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, which in turn can affect how long you’re likely to live. While no single food guarantees that you will live to see 100, research has found that some eating patterns contribute to longevity by reducing the risk of chronic diseases associated with ageing.