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In the first study of its kind, a group of international scientists have examined the role of a healthy diet in delaying the onset of multiple chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
They found people who consumed a diet high in fruit, vegetables and certain grains had a lower risk of developing not just one but multiple chronic conditions. More specifically, they found study participants who consumed the most fruit took longer to develop their first chronic disease, while people who ate the most vegetables extended the time between the onset of their first and second chronic illness.
While the benefits of diet on health have been known for decades, Zumin Shi, a researcher involved in the study, said previous studies focused on the link between nutrition and a single disease.
Source: Sydney Morning Herald