Writing at The Jerusalem Post, Judy Siegel-Itzkovich shares the details of a newly published study that says consuming a Mediterranean diet will promote health and independence in your elderly years:
Nutrition is thought to play a crucial role in developing frailty. The team led by Dr. Kate Walters and Dr. Gotaro Kojima of University College London looked to see if following a healthful diet might decrease one’s risk of frailty. The researchers analyzed evidence from all published studies, examining associations between adherence to a Mediterranean diet and the development of frailty in older individuals. Their analysis included 5,789 people in four studies in France, Spain, Italy and China.
“We found the evidence was very consistent that older people who follow a Mediterranean diet had a lower risk of becoming frail,” said Walters.
“People who followed a Mediterranean diet the most were overall less than half as likely to become frail over a nearly four-year period compared with those who followed it the least. Our study supports the growing body of evidence on the potential health benefits of a Mediterranean diet, in our case for potentially helping older people to stay well as they age,” said Kojima.