CDC Reports We're Living Longer Than Ever

CDC Reports We're Living Longer Than Ever

10/22/2014 12:33 PM

This month, the Centers for Disease Control released a new report that showed our life expectancy continues to climb.  The average life expectancy is now 78.8 years.  This increase is largely credited to healthier lifestyles – including improved diets and increased exercise – as well as corresponding reductions in cancer rates, heart disease and stroke. 

Decades of scientific studies support that proper diet is a key contributor to improved overall health and a longer life.  In fact recent peer reviewed studies show that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer by 25% , heart disease by 31%, stroke by almost a third and premature death by 42% .

This good news concerning life expectancy and disease reduction certainly isn’t helpful to those groups who use fear to advance their causes.  After all, how does an increase in life expectancy and a decline in cancer rates help advance a strategy that is all about promoting cancer fears?  Just take a quick look at the Environmental Working Group’s website and you will see cancer fears promoted throughout its verbiage, whether it concerns sunscreens, pesticide residues, household cleaners, seafood, personal care products, drinking water, etc.

It would be interesting to ask these groups for their reaction to the CDC report since it clearly undermines their fear-inducing messaging, as does most scientific based information.

However, for the Alliance for Food and Farming, this CDC report helps underscore the importance of our message – eat more organic and conventional fruits and veggies everyday for better health and a longer life.  And this new report is more fact-based fuel  to promote increased consumption of these healthy and safe foods while working to correct inaccurate, fear based messaging that may be negatively impacting efforts to improve diets.  

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