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Want to Live Longer? Try Eating a Mediterranean-Style Diet.

A new study shows that people who follow a Mediterranean-style diet were less likely to die during a 5 year study period than those following other diets.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-AARP Diet and Health Study followed 380,296 people between the ages of 50 and 71 for 5 years. It was published in the December 10th edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

During the 5 year period, those following a Mediterranean diet significantly reduced their risk of mortality by 21% among men and 20% among women.

A Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grains, and healthy oils, such as those found in fish, olives, and nuts. This diet is typical of people who live in the European countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea.

Researchers commented that “the Mediterranean diet includes important dietary constituents such as fiber and a low omega-6 : omega-3 fatty acid ratio, both of which potentially prevent cancer initiation and progression.”

One of the best ways to maintain a low omega-6 : omega-3 ratio is to maintain a diet rich in wild, cold water fish and by taking a fish oil supplement daily.

Source: Archives of Internal Medicine
Volume 167, Number 22, Pages 2461-2468
"Mediterranean Dietary Pattern and Prediction of All-Cause Mortality in a US Population - Results From the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study"
Authors: P.N. Mitrou, V. Kipnis, A.C.M. Thiebaut, J. Reedy, A.F. Subar, E. Wirfalt, A. Flood, T. Mouw, A.R. Hollenbeck, M.F. Leitzmann, A. Schatzkin
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