Mediterranean diet helps people live longer
8 April 2005, LONDON-Older people who eat a Mediterranean diet can expect to live longer, research suggests.
8 April 2005
LONDON-Older people who eat a Mediterranean diet can expect to live longer, research suggests.
Past studies have shown that the kind of diet popular in Mediterranean countries may have certain health benefits, the British Daily Mail reported.
Now research published in the British Medical Journal says it could help increase life expectancy.
The Mediterranean diet involves a high intake of vegetables, fruits and cereals, a moderate to high intake of fish, a low intake of saturated fats but a high intake of unsaturated fats, such as olive oil.
A low intake of dairy products and meat and a modest intake of alcohol, mostly wine, are also linked to this kind of diet.
Researchers from across Europe collected information on areas including diet, lifestyle, medical history, smoking and physical activity.
The men and women were each given a score based on adherence to a Mediterranean diet, with higher scores for those who ate the most foods linked to such a diet.
The researchers found that overall a higher dietary score was linked to a lower overall death rate.
They said that a two-point increase in the score was linked to an 8 percent reduction in mortality.
The researchers said the link was strongest in Greece and Spain, probably because people in these countries followed a genuinely Mediterranean diet.
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