The AgeBet­ter Diet

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John Sta­mos may have the diet of his Greek an­ces­tors to thank for his abil­ity to seem­ingly get younger with each pass­ing year. The Mediter­ranean diet – best known for its in­clu­sion of fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, min­i­mally pro­cessed whole grains, heart-healthy fats from nuts, seeds and olive oil, mod­er­ate amounts of fish, and low amounts of meat – was the sub­ject of dis­cus­sion in a re­cent is­sue of The Jour­nals of Geron­tol­ogy Se­ries A: Bi­o­log­i­cal Sciences and Med­i­cal Sciences. Here are some of the key find­ings that sug­gest this way of eat­ing may help de­lay ag­ing. RE­IN­FORCE

YOUR DNA: A 2016 study in­cluded in the is­sue noted that, be­cause of its high lev­els of anti-in­flam­ma­tory mo­noun­sat­u­rated fats, the Mediter­ranean diet can help re­duce telom­ere short­en­ing in pa­tients with coro­nary heart dis­ease. (The short­en­ing of telom­eres, which are stretches of DNA lo­cated on the ends of each chro­mo­some, is as­so­ci­ated with ag­ing and an in­creased risk of chronic dis­eases.) STAY SPRY:

An­other study con­cluded that French adults who fol­lowed a diet sim­i­lar to the Mediter­ranean diet ex­hib­ited more mark­ers of phys­i­cal, men­tal and phys­i­o­log­i­cal healthy ag­ing, and a piece of Span­ish re­search found that older adults who ate Mediter­raneanstyle had less phys­i­cal im­pair­ment than those who didn’t. GO AHEAD,

EAT UP: One article cau­tioned that more stud­ies are needed to de­ter­mine ex­actly how the diet helps to re­duce the risk of ram­pant health is­sues, in­clud­ing breast can­cer and heart dis­ease. Still, the re­search in­di­cates that this culi­nary style can help you live health­ier for longer.

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