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More Med Diet Now is better for your later life

mesogeiaki 01Replacing red meats with bean-based protein, and saturated fats with olive oil are familiar ways to avoid chronic diseases such as heart problems and diabetes. And studies have linked the Mediterranean Diet to longer life. Scientists at Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham & Women's Hospital reviewed dietary data gathered from surveys involving 10,670 women in their late 50s and early 60s.

According to their data, women who ate more plant-based foods, whole grains, fish, healthy fats like olive oil, drank moderate amounts alcohol, and ate very little red and processed meats, were healthier than those who didn't follow a Mediterranean Diet. The healthiest women had consistently stuck with a Mediterranean Diet throughout most of 15 year study period and were able to avoid 11 chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, or Parkinson's. The scientists reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the women who consumed more vegetables and fruits, whole grains, and lean meats like fish, during their middle age were about 40% more likely to live past age 70 without chronic disease or physical and cognitive impairment.

Their findings showed that components of the Mediterranean Diet such as olive oil and nuts can increase levels of healthy HDL cholesterol, which protect the heart from damaging atherosclerosis, and fruits and vegetables provide antioxidants, like flavonoids, that reduce the inflammation that can age cells.

Read the full article here and the original publication here.

Editing by: CHARIS DIMOSTHENOPOULOS - Dietitian, Biologist
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