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How to live longer: The one major thing you can do to ensure longevity

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We all want to live longer and lead healthy lifestyles and ensuring your diet gets the right types of vitamins and minerals is crucial.

Another huge factor is quitting smoking which will decrease your chances of getting heart disease, osteoporosis, emphysema and other chronic lung problems.

When it comes to fruits and vegetables try get at least five servings a day and foods rich in antioxidants will defend your cells from damage.

Try limit the amount of refined grains and load up with whole-grain foods and swap unhealthy saturated and trans fats for healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

A diet which includes lots of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and a moderate amount of unsaturated fats (meat and dairy) will ensure longevity, lower cholesterol levels and help maintain a healthy weight.

You should choose your fats wisely wherever possible and avoid trans fats entirely. The Mayo clinic explains that trans fat is considered by many doctors to be the worst type of fat you can eat. A diet loaded with trans fat increases your risk of heart disease, the leading killer of men and woman.

The NHS said: “Ensuring that you have a healthy balanced diet is an important step towards good health. Good health is essential in leading a full and active life. A balanced diet means eating the right amount of foods from all the food groups.”

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