Study Links Mediterranean Diet & Healthy Aging

You can add healthy aging to the many benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which focuses on consuming plenty of healthy fats (especially from fish and olive oil), leafy green veggies, low-sugar fruits, nuts and legumes.

Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston examined more than 4,500 adult women and found that the chromosomes of those who followed a Mediterranean-style diet had longer telomeres, which are associated with longer life expectancy and a lower risk of age-related disease. Telomeres are the protective structures at the end of our chromosomes that safeguard important genetic information from being destroyed as we age.

“The health benefits of greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet—reduction of overall mortality, increased longevity and reduced incidence of chronic diseases, especially major cardiovascular diseases—have been consistently demonstrated,” said senior author Dr. Immaculata De Vivo in an article about the study.


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