Mediterranean Diet in Midlife Results in Better Quality of Life in Old Age

A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that women who followed a Mediterranean style diet in midlife, were more likely at old age to be without any major limitations in physical and mental health.

The results of their analysis showed that women who had a high adherence to a Mediterranean style diet as measured by the Alternate Mediterranean score had a 46% greater chances of healthy aging which was defined as 70 years or older with no major chronic diseases and no major impairment in cognitive and mental health.

Women who had greater adherence to a “Healthy Diet” as measured by the Alternative Healthy Eating Index only had 34 percent great chance of healthy aging. In other words, the Mediterranean style diet was more effective.

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