Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Good diet and sleep patterns contribute to increased life expectancy

A good nights sleep can help men live longer, however women also need a diverse diet to achieve the full benefit. The study found that women who ate a varied diet containing rich sources of vitamin B6 could still live long lives despite poor sleep habits.
The collaborative study led by Monash University discovered sleep played a more important role in men's mortality than women's.
Emeritus Professor Mark Wahlqvist from the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine found that:
“Poor sleep has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease,” Professor Walhqvist said.
“We found that for both genders, poor sleep was strongly correlated with poor appetite and poor perceived health.“There was significant interaction between sleep quality and dietary diversity. For men, poor sleep was not associated with a greater risk of death unless there was also insufficient dietary diversity. For women, good sleep only provide a survival advantage if they had a diverse diet.”
The study also found that both men and women could improve their outlook by eating a more varied diet.“Sufficient dietary diversity in men could offset the adverse effect on mortality of poor sleep while women need to make sure they are eating foods high in vitamin B6,” Professor Walhqvist said.
The full article can be found here.

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