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Mediterranean diet has benefits even in old age, study suggests

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Want to live longer? A Mediterranean diet may help, a new study suggests

Adhering to the diet is linked with a 25% lower risk of early death among those 65 and older, the study finds

The study confirms what's known about the diet's benefits, one expert says

CNN  — 

Scientists have long known that the Mediterranean diet can offer health benefits to those who follow it closely, including helping your heart, bones, brain and even longevity.

Now, a study suggests that adhering to the Mediterranean diet can help prolong your life, even if you are already 65 or older.

A Mediterranean diet involves eating plant-based meals, with just small amounts of lean meat and chicken and more servings of mostly vegetables, fruits, legumes, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish.

Closely adhering to such a diet was associated with a 25% lower risk of all-cause death among a sample of older adults in the Molise region of Italy, according to the study, which was published last week in the British Journal of Nutrition.