Study: Mediterranean Diet Associated With Improved Longevity

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In the present day society, many diseases have emerged and these eventually affect the lifespan of people. Some suffer from premature death, not being able to enjoy life to the fullest. However, there are different factors which can affect one’s lifespan just like lifestyle (diet, physical activity, vices). Diet has been one of the most modifiable factors which can make or break a person’s health. Different studies have already been done to find the diet that can best help people to be healthy, at the same time, have longer life. According to the unanimous findings from four studies to be published in Sahlgrenska Academy, a Mediterranean diet containing large amounts of vegetables and fish improves the longevity of life.

Improved health can be derived from Mediterranean diet, based on large consumption of fish and vegetables and small intake of animal-based products like meat and milk. This has been revealed from various studies since 1950s.

A research has been initiated by the scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy about the impact of a Mediterranean diet on older people in Sweden. To make a comparison between adults 70 years of age who follow a Mediterranean diet and others who take in larger proportion of meat and animal products, they utilized the unique “H70 study”. This kind of study investigated thousands of 70 year old adults for more than a 40-year period in the Gothenburg region.

Furthermore, the findings illustrate that the likelihood of people eating a Mediterranean diet is increased by 20%. According to Gianluca Tognon, scientist at the Sahlgrenska Academy (University of Gothenburg), “This means in practice that older people who eat a Mediterranean diet live an estimated 2 3 years longer than those who don’t”.

These findings gained support from three other which are not yet published, looking into Mediterranean diets and their impact on health and well-being. These studies include the one performed on the people in Denmark, study on Northern Swedish people, and the other conducted on children. In conclusion, Gianluca Tognon articulated that it is indeed definite, based from these researches, that a Mediterranean diet is tied up to improved health both for the older and the younger population. Indeed, this is a good move to establish evidences regarding the benefits gained from such diet. Gianluca Tognon has transferred from Italy, his home country, to Sweden and Gothenburg in order to develop this remarkable study about Mediterranean diet, in collaboration with Lauren Lissner’s research team at the Sahlgrenska Academy.




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