Link Between Good Nutrition and Chronic Disease Development

A new research at University of Adelaide School of Medicine, has revealed a link between Good nutrition and Chronic Disease development. But before going further, lets see what is a Chronic disease. According to Wikipedia,

A chronic condition is a human health condition or disease that is persistent or otherwise long-lasting in its effects or a disease that comes with time. The term chronic is usually applied when the course of the disease lasts for more than three months. Common chronic diseases include arthritis, asthma, cancer, COPD, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

Thus, if said in simple words, then a chronic disease is one which persists for such a long time, that the incumbent sees it as long lasting.

Coming to the research, the research findings if summarised , sum up to : Eating a good, balanced diet is important to your short and long-term health.



How the Research is conducted

The study involved over 1,000 Chinese participants. The researchers followed their eating habits, lifestyle choices and overall health for five years.

The Research Finding: Good Nutrition and Chronic Disease Development are Linked

During their five-year period, participants with more than one chronic disease jumped from 14 percent to 34 percent.

The surge in chronic diseases , as per Researchers, reveals that ,

“based on our results, it seems that a higher intake of fruit helps to prevent against the onset of the first chronic disease, while a higher intake of vegetables helps to protect against developing more than one chronic disease.”

That’s although higher fruits consumption prevents the start of first chronic disease, coupling fruits with vegetables protects us against developing more than one chronic diseases. A much comforting news for humans as fruits are much costlier than humble vegetables. The researchers also observed the good role played by whole grains, other than wheat and rice , which are quite refined to go as whole grains.

Last but not the least, the research found that healthier participants had higher intake of “iron, magnesium, phosphorous, vitamin C, potassium and vitamin B1.”

The Research of University of Adelaide School of Medicine in Australia , was published in the journal Clinical Nutrition.

Conclusion: Eat fruits,vegetables and whole grain food . As poor nutrition can result in chronic diseases.