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other factors including total carbohydrate intake, glycemic index, glycemic load, and sugar intake. Successful aging was defined as including an absence of disability, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment, respiratory symptoms, and chronic diseases including cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke.

The gut is a major source of inflammation and also the major regulator of the immune system. Fermentable fiber feeds the beneficial bacteria in the gut which then prevents them from being forced to cannibalize the gut barrier (which causes inflammation) and it allows them to produce signaling molecules (short chain fatty acids) which make the immune system better. Also, many foods that contain fiber such as vegetables and fruits also have many important micronutrients and other plant compounds that play a role in successful aging. For more on the importance of fiber in successful aging watch my interview with the authors of The Good Gut, Drs. Justin and Erica Sonnenburg: https://youtu.be/gOZcbNw7sng

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    It’s easy to eat vegetables. Buy a blender if you don’t like salad. Add hemp seeds, and buy them in bulk on the web.

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      The other story here is that only 15.5% participants had aged successfully 10 years later.

      That of a total of 1,609 adults aged 49 years and older free of cancer, coronary artery disease, and stroke, 1,360 became sick. They developed disability, depressive symptoms, cognitive impairment, respiratory symptoms, or chronic diseases. In just 10 years! 85% !

      Either this number is wrong or soon there won’t be enough well people to keep civilization alive.

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        I don’t think the segment of our population, past reproductive age and susceptible to chronic diseases, is vital to the future of our civilization.

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          Ouch, that’s kind of a deep cut. They, eh we, may not be vital to the reproductive future but we do add value to civilization. I hope I don’t need to be specific. Anyway, with the way things are going how long will it be before the results of that study are applicable to people of younger age; reproductive age, and younger. How many children and adolescents are developing the same conditions?

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            I’m in that ‘we’ group as well :). I was just speaking from the point of pure survival. Now as far as the quality of that civilization - that’s another story. You are right though: the younger population is also suffering from poor health conditions normally associated with the higher age bracket. It’s all about diet and lifestyle. But like they say “youth is wasted on the young.”