Regular exercise is also crucial for boosting your lifespan. Everyone should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every week.
Making some small dietary changes could also help to increase your life expectancy.
Eating a handful of nuts every day could lower your chances of an early death, and also reduce your risk of bowel cancer, nutritionists have claimed.
Bowel cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in the UK.
Around 40,000 new cases of the cancer are diagnosed every year in the UK, with more than 16,000 deaths.
But you could lower your risk of the disease by adding more nuts to your diet, revealed dietitian Juliette Kellow and nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.
Specifically, peanuts could lower the risk of bowel cancer by 58 per cent, scientists have added.
Everyone should aim to eat a single serving of nuts every day – the equivalent to about 28g.
“Nuts are little wonders, loaded with mineral, phytochemical, and essential fats that keep the heart healthy, as well as helping prevent bowel cancer, gallstones and type 2 diabetes,” said the nutritionists, in their book ‘Eat Better Live Longer – Understand What Your Body Needs To Stay Healthy’.
“Eating peanuts may help protect against colorectal cancer. A study of 24,000 adults found the risk of bowel cancer was cut by 58 per cent in women and 27 per cent in men when peanuts were eaten twice a week.
“It’s believed physic acid, phytosterols, and resveratrol may protect against cancer.
“Eat one 28g [1oz] serving of nuts a day. Always choose unflavoured, plain nuts as flavoured nuts contain seasonings, salt, honey, and/or sugar.”
Eating a handful of nuts every day could also lower the risk of dying from infectious diseases by 75 per cent, they said.
There’s also a 39 per cent lower risk of dying from diabetes, a 35 per cent lower risk of dying from neurodegenerative conditions, and a 73 per cent lower risk of dying from kidney disease.
Speak to a GP if you’re worried about the signs of symptoms of bowel cancer.
The most common bowel cancer symptoms include persistently finding blood in your stools, a change in bowel habit, or having constant tummy aches.
Most people with symptoms don’t have bowel cancer, and they’re more likely to be caused by another medical condition, including haemorrhoids or constipation.
Almost 90 per cent of all bowel cancer cases are diagnosed in people over 60 years old.
You’re more at risk of the disease if you have a family history of bowel cancer, if you’re overweight, or if you don’t do enough exercise.
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