Data from the Nurses' Health Study, a report that followed more than ten thousand women from 1976 through 2000, suggests the diets of women in their late 50s and early 60s could be tied to their health later in life. Since many diseases start in midlife, itís likely that a healthy lifestyle which includes a healthy diet in midlife can be a factor in developing diseases in later life. Data acquired during this study showed women with the healthiest diets in their late 50s and early 60s were 34 to 46 percent more likely to have no chronic diseases as compared with those women with the poorest diets. Although this study focused on women only, we would expect similar findings in men. Itís never too late to follow a healthy lifestyle to feel better and reduce your chances of future disease.