Eating plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains helps prevent people from developing more than one chronic disease, new medical research shows.
The world-first research conducted by the University of Adelaide examined the link between diet and 11 chronic diseases, including anemia, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, arthritis, hepatitis, coronary heart disease, asthma, stroke, fracture and cancer.
It found that people who eat a higher amount of fruit are less likely to develop any chronic disease, while a high intake of vegetables helps prevent people with one chronic disease from developing a second.
The study, done in conjunction with universities and health organisations in China and Canada, is published in the Clinical Nutrition journal.
While links between good diet and disease prevention are well established, this is the first study that had linked poor nutrition to the development of multiple chronic diseases, otherwise known as 'multimorbidity'. The researchers studied more than 1000 Chinese people over a five-year period.
Source - Daily Mail