Increased oxidative stress and chronic inflammation play a central role in aging and age-related chronic diseases; therefore, reducing them at the same time could cause improved quality of life during advancing age.
Diet: Daily consumption of balanced diet with low fat, high fiber, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and low salt and low added sugar is needed for our growth and survival.
Lifestyle: Stop smoking (cigarette and vaping), reduced stress by meditation or by vacation, daily moderate exercise such as brisk walking for 30 minutes, and lose weight.
Environment: Avoid breathing polluted air that has fine particles.
Similar changes in diet, lifestyle, and environment have been made by Federal and Private agencies for decades; however, the incidence of chronic diseases such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer are increasing. For a maximal health benefit, changes in diet, lifestyle, and environment should be initiated from childhood.
The failure of diet and lifestyle recommendation in reducing the risk of chronic diseases and improving the quality of life is due to the fact that human behaviors are very difficult to alter.
The good news is these healthy changes can be initiated at any age and at any health condition for health benefits.