The most important factor in our overall health is our overall diet, new research has found.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, said people’s overall diets were likely to be a key determinant of their health and well-being.
“People’s diets are the most important determinant in terms of their physical and mental health,” said lead researcher Dr. Josephine R. Laskowski, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta.
“So if you are obese and you eat too many carbohydrates, then your body is not producing enough glucose, which in turn increases your risk of diabetes.”
In the study, researchers examined data from more than 100,000 people from the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
They found people who reported eating too many sugars, starches, or other sugars, or who reported having a higher percentage of fruits and vegetables in their diet, were at greater risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and death from any cause.
They also found that people who had more fruits and veggies were at increased risk for other diseases, including cancer, heart disease and other conditions.
In the future, researchers hope to find out how specific nutrients can be targeted for those with specific health concerns.
As a result, the authors suggest we all take a look at the foods we eat and how they are made to find the best foods for each individual.