Eating a healthy balanced diet – including at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day – could lower the risk of an early death, according to the NHS. You could also boost your lifespan by doing regular exercise – the “miracle cure” we’ve all been waiting for, it said. Making some small diet or lifestyle changes could help to increase your life expectancy and avoid an early death. Regularly eating avocado could help to boost your lifespan, and even reduce your blood pressure.
Avocados are a “wonderfood” that could help to protect against high blood pressure, according to dietitian Juliette Kellow and nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer.
They’re rich in potassium, which helps to balance out the negative effects of sodium in your diet.
Everyone should eat half an avocado three to four times a week, they added.
“Creamy and delicious, avocados are loaded with good fats that lower cholesterol and protect against wrinkles,”they said in their book ‘Eat Better Live Longer – Understand What Your Body Needs To Stay Healthy’.
“They are also packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals that help with everything from keeping eyes healthy to regulating blood pressure.
“Adding avocado to diets has been shown to reduce total cholesterol, LDL [bad] cholesterol, and triglycerides, while also boosting HDL [good] cholesterol.
“These heart-heathy benefits are most likely thanks to avocados being high in monounsaturated fat.
“Avocados also contain heart-friendly phytosterols such as beta-sitosterol, which help to lower blood cholesterol levels.”
You could also lower your risk of high blood pressure by eating more yogurt, berries, bananas, and root vegetables, they said.
Managing your blood pressure is crucial, as hypertension raises the risk of some deadly complications, including heart attacks and strokes.
But, the condition is often known as ‘the silent killer’, as it’s not always possible to know if you have high blood pressure.
If you have extremely high blood pressure, there may be some visible signs and symptoms.
Common high blood pressure symptoms include a pounding in your chest, headaches, and finding blood in your urine.
All adults over 40 should check their blood pressure at least once every five years.
The best way to live a healthy life is to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables every day, and to do plenty of exercise.
People that do regular exercise are up to 50 per cent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes and some cancers, said the NHS.