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J Nutr Elder. 2009 Apr;28(2):158-73. doi: 10.1080/01639360902950182.

The relationships between food group consumption, self-rated health, and life satisfaction of community-dwelling canadian older men: the manitoba follow-up study.

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Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


We conducted a cross-sectional evaluation nested within a long-term cohort study that was designed to examine the relationship between frequency of food group consumption (FGC), self-rated health, and life satisfaction of community-dwelling older men in the Manitoba Follow-up Study. Questionnaires returned from 1,211 Canadian male participants contained frequency of FGC (daily, most days, or rarely), self-reported nutrition, and health-related perceptions. Men consuming vegetables/fruit (V&F) daily versus rarely were four times more likely to report better self-rated health OR = 4.00 (95%CI = 1.31, 12.3) and three times more likely to rate greater life satisfaction OR = 3.08 (95%CI = 1.00, 9.45). Our findings indicate that frequent consumption of V&F is associated with the perception of better health and greater life satisfaction.

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