Aging is a complicated and inevitable process. Although gerontologists have developed impressive rejuvenation therapeutics in the last decade, diet remains the most influential resource at our disposal.
Recently, Ladders reported on The Blue Zone diet and its positive association with longevity, and now a new study presented at the European and International Conference on Obesity identifies regimens that accelerate the aging process and increase disease incidence.
According to the data consuming processed foods more than three times a day can dramatically accelerate the aging process.
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The research centered around telomeres, which are the protein compound structures made from DNA strands located at the end of our chromosomes. In fact, a lot of anti-aging science centers around telomeres.
As we age, and our cells continue to replicate, the length of telomeres decreases. Over time this process raises our risk for chronic illness and bio-markers linked to deterioration.
The University of Navarra research team recruited 886 participants to explore the relationship poor diet shares with accelerated telomere shortening.
This pool was comprised of 645 men and 241 women with an average age of 67.7 years between them.
Following recruitment, the participants were placed in four groups based on their “ultra-processed food consumption” which was assessed via a daily food intake journal.
Group one: Less than 2 servings/day
Group Two: 2 to 2.5 servings/day,
Group Three: 2.5 to 3 servings/day
Group Four: More than 3 servings/day.
Each provided the authors with saliva samples that would later undergo DNA analysis.
Not only did participants belonging to group four disproportionately evidence disease history (namely cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and abnormal blood fats) they also ate more frequently between breakfast lunch, and dinner.
Moreover, the meals more often contained saturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, sodium, cholesterol, SSBs, fast food, and processed meats while rarely including carbohydrates, protein, fiber, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, and other micronutrients.
The new study also revealed that those who consumed more than three servings of processed foods a day decreased the length of their telomeres twice overseeing their cells age that much faster.
The more processed foods consumed increased, the higher the probability of experiencing shortened telomeres with each quartile after Group One. More discreetly, Group Two undertook a risk increase of 29%, Group Three undertook a risk equal to 40%, and candidates belonging to Group Four were 82% more likely to experience the same.
The very same group additionally increased their risk of developing depression, high blood pressure, overweight/obesity, and all-cause mortality.
“Obesity and depression are interrelated, as the effect of one express on the other. obese People tend to be depressed due to the reasons which were leading to emotional ups and downs and many other health complications leading to psychiatric disorders and mental illness,” the authors concluded. “Obese depression and mental illness consequences like psychosocial problems and suicidal thoughts are highly observed in young ones, as they face many stressful life events like bullying and weight-based teasing. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 43% of adults with depression are obese.”
Those who enjoyed the slowest telomere shortening adhered to variations of The Mediterranean Diet.