How to Look at Diet & Aging through the Eyes of Captain Obvious

  1. Consumer graphic reflecting Harvard's Healthy Eating Index

    Consumer graphic reflecting
    Harvard’s Healthy Eating Index

    Get dietary data from more than 10,000 older American women with no major chronic diseases.
  2. Use the Alternative Healthy Eating Index-2010 (AHEI-2010) and Alternate Mediterranean diet scores to assess diet quality.
  3. Evaluate the women’s health data 15 years later. If a participant has “no major chronic diseases or major impairments in cognitive or physical function or mental health” at the age of 70 or older, consider her aging to be “healthy.”
  4. Write up and publish your findings in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The thrilling conclusion of your paper?
    Better diet quality at midlife seems to be strongly linked to greater health and well-being in persons surviving to older ages.

Yes. Really.

Though to be fair… : “Why Scientists Spend So Much Time Proving the Obvious” (LA Times)

And for fun… : “10 Completely Obvious Research Discoveries” (How Stuff Works)

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