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Does food have an impact on our life expectancy or is “how long we live” predetermined by our genes?


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Does food have an impact on our life expectancy or is “how long we live” predetermined by our genes?

acssss | Dec 26, 2013 07:14 AM

Only 10% of countries in the world have a life expectancy of 84 for women (the U.S. is not one of them): Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Singapore, Andorra, Spain, Monaco, France, Iceland, Australia, Israel, Sweden, Canada, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Austria, Greece, Finland, South Korea (U.S. is 81 years - same for Qatar and Columbia; Russia is 63)

For men, only 6% reach 80 (U.S. is not one of them): Qatar, San Marino, Iceland, Switzerland, Italy, Singapore, Australia, Israel, Sweden, Canada and Kuwait
(U.S. is 76 years - same for Lebanon; Russia is 75)

Article from the Journal of Vascular Health and Risk Management:
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the leading cause of death in the United States (US), and certain populations, such as South Asians, African Americans, and Hispanics, carry a disproportionately larger burden of CAD. The mortality rates from CAD in South Asians are reported to be two to three times higher than those for Caucasians, irrespective of gender, religion, social class, dietary practices or country of residence. This higher prevalence is seen in South Asian immigrants (SAIs) in the US as well as in those living in India, and rates are similar among vegetarians and nonvegetarians.
The CAD rates in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, and Finland have declined to half over the past 30 years. These vast reductions in CAD mortality are generally attributed to nationwide changes in specific risk factors... with modest contributions from advances in treatment. Ironically, during this time, the CAD rates doubled in SAIs.
Migration is an important factor in determining the increased risk of CAD; however, other migrating populations do not have an increased risk of CAD compared with the indigenous population. Thus, other specific factors must apply to SAIs

I am a true believer in eating healthy, not smoking, exercising and “everything in moderation”. I believe that living in such a manner will raise the quality of life. However, taking “quality of life” out of the equation and looking only at life expectancy… does food intake (nitrates, MSG, cholesterol, trans fats) even play a role in our life expectancy or do our genes predetermine how long we will live?

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