Mediterranean Diet Extends Longevity

by Diane Lofshult on Jan 01, 2005

Older people who want to live longer and healthier lives would benefit greatly by adhering to a Mediterranean diet, says a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (2004; 292 [12], 1433–39). European men and women ages 70–90 who followed a Mediterranean diet had a 23% lower risk of mortality during a 10-year follow-up period than those who ate a less healthy diet.

The Mediterranean diet emphasizes whole grains, fruits, veggies, legumes, olive oil and fish, and keeps red meat, sweets and eggs to a minimum.

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Diane Lofshult

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Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach, California. Reach her at