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
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.