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Healthy Med diet can extend life

Here is another news about the importance of having high proportion of vegetables in your meal. Credit to BBC.

Scientists have produced powerful evidence that a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables and fruit and low in saturated fats can help us live longer.  Image of salad being chopped

It has long been thought that the diet can help to improve general health.

But a major pan-Europe study of 74,607 men and women aged over 60 has shown closely following the diet can actually extend life by up to one year.

The study, led by University of Athens Medical School, is published in the British Medical Journal.

Mediterranean diet

High intake of vegetables, fruits and cereals

Moderate to high intake of fish

Low intake of saturated fats

High intake of unsaturated fats, such as olive oil

Low intake of dairy products and meat

Modest intake of alcohol, mostly wine

The researchers 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% reduction in mortality.

A three-point increase was associated with an 11% drop in mortality and a four-point increase was associated with a 14% drop.

This meant that a healthy man of 60 who stuck closely to a Mediterranean diet could expect to live around one year longer than a man of the same age who did not eat such a diet.

The researchers said the link was strongest in Greece and Spain – probably because people in these countries followed a genuinely Mediterranean diet.

“Importantly, however, the diet is only one part of lifestyle change needed to reduce coronary heart disease and we must also aim to increase our activity levels, control our weight and stop smoking.”

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