While some types of cuisine have long been lauded for their nutritional value and benefits for aging longevity, the Western diet sadly isn't one of them. The carb- and sodium-ridden fare often savored in this part of the world undoubtedly contributes to greater instances of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, among other widespread ailments, in our part of the world.

And, according to a new international study to be published in the The American Journal of Medicine this May, the Western diet could directly increase the risk of dying younger.

"The impact of diet on specific age-related diseases has been studied extensively, but few investigations have adopted a more holistic approach to determine the association of diet with overall health at older ages," said Tasnime Akbaraly, PhD, of Inserm – a French institute dedicated to health and medical research. 

In contrast to those who consumed a diet that fell in line with the Alternative Healthy Eating Index – which ScienceDaily describes as " a validated index of diet quality [… designed] with the specific intention to combat major chronic conditions," people who ate foods characterized as "Western" were more likely to develop medical ailments that dramatically curtailed their aging longevity.

Dr. Akbaraly noted that shifting the focus from foods that lower specific risks to dietary choices that help people age gracefully in general could have more long-standing benefits for the global community at large.

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