Can the Mediterranean Diet Help slow The Aging Process?

More and more evidence is beginning to mount on the fact that the Mediterranean diet is one way to adopt a healthier diet.  Now new research is also suggesting that it may indeed be a way to slow the aging process.  The mediterranean diet involves a diet that rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish.  The recent study was published in The BMJ.

How does a Mediterranean diet slow the aging process?  It has to do with telomeres. Telomeres are DNA sequences located at the ends of chromosomes.   The telemeres are a thought to be a marker of slower aging.  The shortened telemeres are thought to be linked to shorter life expectancy and increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart diseases.

For the past year I have recommended to many of my patients to adopt a Mediterranean diet and those that have followed the diet religiously have seen their health improve quite a bit.  If you need some guidance or more information about adopting a Mediterranean diet please do not hesitate to contact my office for an appointment.

Dr. Shah, MD

 

 

 

 

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McIntosh, James. “Following the Mediterranean diet could slow aging process.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon, Intl., 3 Dec. 2014. Web.
16 Dec. 2014. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/286316.php>