Recently, there have been numerous studies to support the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, from protecting brain health to boosting heart health, and the list continues to grow. Some excerpts are below:
A study published in Neurology revealed that eating the Mediterranean diet may reduce brain-cell loss in old age. The researchers uncovered that consuming red meat – somewhat of a staple in the Western diet – actually shrinks the brain, and those who consume more fish, fruits, vegetables and grains have larger brain volume.
Previous research has found that the Mediterranean diet may lead to longer life in the elderly. The study included over 74,000 healthy men and women over the age of 60 from nine European countries. All relevant information like diet, smoking, physical activity, lifestyle and medical history was recorded. Participants also recorded their adherence to the Mediterranean diet.
Other research has found that the Mediterranean diet may help prevent type 2 diabetes. The findings were published in Diabetologia, where researchers followed over 22,000 people in Greece for over 11 years. During the study period, 2,300 persons developed diabetes.
Lastly, research has also shown that the Mediterranean diet can lower heart attack risk as well as cardiovascular-related death. The findings were published in The American Journal of Medicine, where researchers analyzed studies as far back as 1957 that included links between food and heart disease.
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