Better diet can mean longer life, Harvard study finds

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Want to live longer? Of course you do.

A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday shows that you may be able to reduce your risk of premature death by improving your diet.

This was a big study. Researchers at Harvard studied the eating habits of about 75,000 people over a 12-year period.

They found that even modest dietary changes can have significant results. And here's the best part – it's never too late to start.

The Harvard researchers found that people in the study who started eating less red meat, processed meats and sugary beverages, and began eating more whole grains, fruits, veggies, nuts and fish were able to lower their risk of death in as little as eight years.

And the longer they stuck with the healthy diet, the more they lowered their risk or premature death.

The bottom line: When it comes to your health, making modest and incremental dietary changes can really can add up, no matter how old you are.

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